This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...Doctrines of the Society of Friends against the charge of Socin-ianism," &c., by John Bevans, Jur., was published in London. Tn ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...Doctrines of the Society of Friends against the charge of Socin-ianism," &c., by John Bevans, Jur., was published in London. Tn this work, the views of Thomas Foster are controverted, in order to show that the early Friends were not Unitarians, and the impression is attempted to be conveyed, that they wore in fact believers in the Trinity. Thus he says: "They, however, not only believed in the Trinity, notwithstanding their objections to the metaphysical terms of the schools, but they also have in the most undisguised terms expressed their belief in the Divinity of Christ. As to the insinuation of Verax, that ' there is considerable ambiguity in their writings, ' and ' that on the subject of Christ they sheltered themselves behind the broad shield of allegory; and thus did not discriminate between Christ as a person and Christ as a principle;' I reject it as false, and inconsistent with that 'manly boldness' wherewith, as he elsewhere says, they avowed their sentiments."' 1 T. Foster's Narrative, &o. London, 1813, p. 192. Those who are conversant with the writings of Friends published in the time of Geo. Fox, know, that they not only objected to the terms used in defining the Trinity, as three persons; but they rejected the idea intended to be conveyed. " There are many names," wrote Isaac Pennington, "but the thing is one. The life, the power, the wisdom in the Father, Son, and Spirit is all one: yea, they themselves are one, perfectly one, not at all divided or separated; but where the Father is, the Son is; and where the Son is, the Spirit is; and where the Spirit is there is both the Father and the Son, who tabernacle in man in the day of the gospel." " 1 Defence, feo., p. 36. ' Works of I. P., I. 693. Although John Bevans may have been right...Read Less
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