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BY ALBERT McWRIGHT,
"There are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word,
and the Holy Ghost : and these three are one."--1 John v. 7.
C. Scott, Printer.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1841,
By Albert McWright,
The compiler of the following pages probably would never have stepped out of his beloved obscurity for the purpose of defending one of the most important doctrines in Christian theology, had not a train of circumstances compelled him to enter the field of controversy, or abandon what he deemed to be fundamental truth in our holy religion, to the reckless assaults of its enemies, who, having grown bold through neglect, challenged, him to public combat under circumstances which left him but one alternative, either to give up the truth as indefensible, or “contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints." Under these circumstances, the design of publishing the present work was conceived.
The compiler makes no pretensions to originality. Various authors have been consulted, and in most cases the language of other writers has been adopted. Alterations having been made only when it was thought such alterations would increase the force or clearness of the argument.
The authors that have been consulted are Wesley, Fletcher, Clark, Abbadie, Drew, Hare, Luckey, Lee, and various others. The most copious extracts, however, have been made from the writings of the Rev. Richard Watson, whose works are worthy the attention of all who are seeking after the truth as it is in Jesus.
It is well known that Unitarians, in consequence of the diversity of opinions existing among them on subjects of minor importance, are divided into various sects, among whom are to be found a class of people calling themselves Christians, but commonly known by the name of New-Lights. Against these the following work is more particularly directed, but not to the exclusion of the rest, the author having endeavored so to manage the argument that all classes of Unitarians are opposed by the same proofs.