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(x) fies; and that the subordination, delegation, commission, &c. under which he is said to act, is only spoken of him as he is man, but never as he is God and Man.

Are not both these parties liable to be objected to, as pursuing a wrong mode of removing the difficulty? The former, in order to remove it, denies the Divinity; the latter denies, or explains away, the subordination; but the New Testament affirms both the Divinity and the subordination. The matter, therefore, to be enquired into is, Can these, according to the doctrine of the New Testament, be compatible with each other? Denying, or explaining away

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;) either the one or other is not removing the difficulty or answering the question. The question can only be answered by shewing how the Divinity and the subordination, which are affirmed in the New Testament, are compatible with each other.

If what I have suggested in the following pages concerning the filiation is admissible, I think the question is effectually answered ; and the Divinity and the subordination will appear not only to be compatible with each other, but necessary and unavoidable. But I dare not assert, till it has undergone farther examination, that the suggestion is liable to no objection. It may, al

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though at present I do not perceive them, be liable to insuperable objections; and, in that case, I have only to wish, that good and learned men would apply their thoughts to the consideration of this important question, to the intent, that it may be answered fa as to be liable to no objection.

... One objection, doubtless, will be
made to what I have suggested, and a
very serious one it is : That, if admita
ted, it will tend to make a variation in
a creed, which is supported by the ve-
nerable fanction of a numerous series of
ages, and, of course, to disturb and un-
fettle the minds of many good men on
the fubject of their faith.

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.... To this perhaps it may be answered,

that, even admitting the truth of my suggestion, there will be no occasion for expunging any article in the received creed. The article, “ Begotten of his “ Father before all worlds,” may still remain, if interpreted in a sense which it may well admit..

· Eternity is an idea that is necessarily annexed to all the actions of the Eternal Being; and, therefore, in the Eternal Mind, it may most truly be said of our Lord, that he was begotten of the Father before all worlds ; consequently, if interpreted in this sense, in which only sense the article seems to be true,

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no alteration will be necessary in the creed, and things may remain in their present state without the hazard of giving offence to any.

The texts and arguments urged in the following pages are, it must be confessed, many of them such as have been repeatedly urged by others, and, therefore, of course, will by some men be turned over with a disdainful and fastidious twirt. Others of them, I believe, ate new, and such as have not occurred before; but, then, on account of their novelty, they must wear a suspicious appearance. Let them not however be rejected merely on account of their no velty; but let them be brought to the

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