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THE

MONTHLY REPOSITORY

AND

REVIEW

OF

THEOLOGY AND GENERAL LITERATURE.

NEW SERIES, VOL. V.

JANUARY TO DECEMBER, 1831.

LONDON:

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PREFACE.

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The readers of the Monthly REPOSITORY hav e already been apprized of the change which has taken place in its Proprietorship, by the Editor's purchase of the Copyright and Stock from the Unitarian Association. The principles which it advocates, and the objects to which it is devoted, remain the same; and the exertions of the Editor will be unceasing to render it increasingly efficient for the promotion of Knowledge and Truth, of Civil and Religious Liberty, and of whatever tends to facilitate the improvement and multiply the happiness of mankind. In the pursuit of these objects he hopes for the continuance and extension of the assistance which has already been so kindly afforded him; for the support of enlightened, zealous, and benevolent Chistians; and for the blessing of Divine Providence.

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THE MONTHLY

MONTHLY REPOSITORY

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REVIEW.

NEW SERIES, No. XLIX.

JANUARY, 1831.

DR. J. P. SMITH'S SCRIPTURE TESTIMONY TO THE MESSIAH.*

DR. J. P. SMITH'S “ Scripture Testimony to the Messiah," is a work which has attained to the highest reputation, not only within the pale of the particular sect to which the author belongs, but amongst all classes of believers in the doctrines of reputed orthodoxy. It is certainly to be ranked amongst the ablest defences of those doctrines which have ever appeared. Learned, ingenious, and laborious, it deserves the attention of all who are interested in the great controversy to which it relates : and if the irresistible tendency of the system he defends, and the perverting prejudices to which it gives occasion, have led the author often to treat his opponents with great real injustice, there are also indications of kind feelings, and of a desire to act towards them with candour and Christian meekness, which may with many persons give more weight to his censures, rendering them, when four.ded in error or misrepresentation, more dangerous, if not more offensive.

It has been a special object with Dr. Smith to furnish a reply to the “ Calm Inquiry" of Mr. Belsham, and it is in reference more particularly (though by no means exclusively) to this object, that we now propose to examine bis volumes - not that we would hold up Mr. Belsham's work as faultless either in plan or execution—not, certainly, that we consider the great body of Christians who adopt the sentiments he defends, as answerable for ihe mistakes inio which he may have fallen or the improper spirit which he is accused of having manifested - but his work being honestly esteemed by us an able and satisfactory treatise on a very important subject, written under the influence of an enlightened, disinterested, and impartial love of truth; and the effect it has produced upon the minds of many intel

The Scripture Testimony to the Messiah : an Inquiry with a view to a satisfactory Determination of the Doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures concerning the Person of Christ. By John Pye Smith, D.D. 3 Vols. 8vo. 2nd. Edit. London, 1829.

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