James Freeman and King's Chapel, 1782-87: A Chapter in the Early History of the Unitarian Movement in New England

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Leonard C. Bowles, 1873 - Unitarianism - 29 pages
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Page 17 - There is one God, and one Mediator between God and man, the man* Christ Jesus. There is but one God, the Father, and one Lord Jesus Christ.
Page 24 - The Lord bless you and keep you : the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you,- and give you peace.
Page 11 - Why not state your difficulties, and the grounds of them, publicly to your whole people, that they may be able to judge of the case, and determine whether it is such as to require a separation between you and them, or not ?" The suggestion was adopted. He preached a series of sermons, in which he plainly stated his dissatisfaction with the trinitarian portions of the Liturgy, went fully into an examination of the trinitarian doctrine, and gave his reasons for rejecting it. He has himself assured...
Page 25 - elders and messengers," at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1648, which declares as follows : "This ordination we account nothing else but the solemn putting a man into his place and office in the Church, whereunto he has a right before by election ; being like the installing of a magistrate in the Commonwealth.
Page 24 - The Senior Warden then addressing Mr. Freeman, said, ' Rev'd Sir: it appears by the vote in favor of your ordination that you are lawfully chosen — it is expected that you now declare your acceptance of the choice.
Page 15 - that the Common Prayer, as it now stands amended, be adopted by this church, as the form of prayer to be used in future by this church and congregation.
Page 12 - The young reader at King's Chapel was surely placed in peculiar circumstances. It is his praise that he made a right and manly use of them ; that he did not smother his convictions, and hush down his conscience, and endeavor to explain away to himself, for the sake of a little false and outward peace, the obvious sense of the prayers which he uttered before God and his people, but took that other and far better course of explicitness and honesty. By this proper use of circumstances, he placed himself...
Page 17 - After some more conversation of the same kind, they told me that it could not possibly be that the Christian world should have been idolaters for seventeen hundred years, as they must be according to my opinions. In answer to this, I said that whether they had been idolaters or not I would not determine, but that it was full as probable that they should be idolaters for seventeen hundred years as that they should be Roman Catholicks for twelve hundred.
Page 7 - I suppose, long before this reaches you, you will be made acquainted with my situation at the Chapel. I am now confirmed in the opinion that I shall obtain the settlement for life. The church increases every day, and I am happy to find that my friends are still very partial. I trust you believe that, by entering into this line, I have imbibed no High Church notions. I have fortunately no temptations to be bigoted, for the proprietors of the Chapel are very liberal in their notions. They allow me...
Page 20 - I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation ; and I do solemnly engage to conform to the doctrines and worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States.

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