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UNITARIAN

ASSOCIATION,

COSTON, MASS

ITS TRUTHS AND ERRORS.

BY

JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE.

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Soleo enim in aliena castra transire, non tanquam transfuga, sed tanquam
explorator." - SENECA, Epistolæ, 2.

“Fiat lux. Cupio refelli, ubi aberrârim; nihil majus, nihil aliud quam veri-
tatem efflagito." - Thomas BURNET, Arch. Phil.

BOSTON:
AMERICAN UNITARIAN ASSOCIATION.

WALKER, FULLER & CO.
NEW YORK: JAMES MILLER.

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866, by the

AMERICAN UNITARIAN ASSOCIATION,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

Sicreotyped at the Boston Stereotype Foundry,

No. 4 Spring Lane.

Presswork by John Wilson and Son.

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PREFACE.

THE Protestant Reformation has its Principle and its Method. Its Principle is Salvation by Faith, not by Sacraments. Its Method is Private Judgment, not Church Authority. But private judgment generates authority ; authority, first legitimate, that of knowledge, grows into the illegitimate authority of prescription, calling itself Orthodoxy. Then Private Judgment comes forth again to criticise and reform. It thus becomes the duty of each individual to judge the Church; and out of innumerable individual judgments the insight of the Church is kept living and progressive. We contribute one such private judgment; not, we trust, in conceit, but in the hope of provoking other minds to further examinations.

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