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press, and published several pamphlets on this subject, such as, A Word of Admonition to the Right Hon. İVilliam Pitt, occasioned by the Prophecies of Brothers, &c.; and Two Letters to the Right Hon. Lord Loughborough, on the present Confinement of Richard Brothers, &c. In
the latter he observes, If violence is done to Mr. Broothers, and an earthquake should happen, how will you persuade mankind that it is a mere natural phenomenon?
But a most ingenious argument is employed by Mr. Halhed to obviate the objection made to Brothers' claiming the title of nephew to God Almighty. He says, I hope no man in this country will deny that Jesus Christ is God Almighty. Jesus Christ had brothers and sisters, and the son of one of them must necessarily have been his nephew. Extend the line of filiation as far as we please, through fifty, a hundred, or a thousand descents, the last is still a nephew (nepos lineally descended from the first.'
"With respect to the real character of Mr. Brothers, the late Mr. Moser, from personal observation, describes him as not a dangerous, artful man, but if left to the dictates of his own heart, a man of honour, integrity and principle; possessed of a naturally strong, but unfortunately perverted, understanding ; some knowledge of books, but a total ignorance of the world ; gentle, mild and unassuming, though seemingly possessed of great sensibility; and although his mind was strongly bent towards a particular
object, he could scarcely be said to be dogmatical even in elabure the length of his enthusiasın.'
« Unfortunately for the reputation of Mr. Brothers, he cledges fixed, like Joanna Southcote, near whom he rests, upon an.
event too néar as a criterion of his veracity. He declared that the Millenium was to commence on the 19th of November, 1795, 'at or about sun-rise, in the latitude of Jerusalem.
“He was not indifferent to worldly profit; he assigned, in one of his pamphlets, as a motive for writing, a desire to provide for his wife and children. His publications were probably very lucrative to him. He was between 70 and 80. at the time of his death.
“Mr. Sharpe, the celebrated engraver, was a disciple of
Brothers, as he was afterwards of Joanna Southcote. His like they engraving of Brothers is in his most forcible manner.”
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In reply to the questions, “ What can be called niysterious and incomprehensible, if the declaration that God was manifest in the flesh be pot so? What else than a mystery, and a great mystery is it, that an infinite nature should be united to a finite nature ; God united with a man in such a manner as to become strictly and properly one nature? What is incomprehensible, if this be not, that an omnipresent and eternal Spirit should become flesh, and die on a cross, and though independent and supreme, be exalted and glorified ?"—the preacher says, . “ Such a doctrine must certainly be acknowledged to be a mystery, in the sense commonly affixed to that term; but no such mystery is to be found ainong the doctrines taught by the apostles ; no such mystery is expressed in the passage now be. forę us.
" Granting, for a moment, (and I am the more willing to grant it, as it will give me an opportunity of illustrating the lan. guage of Scripture,) that the clause in the text, which is generally supposed to be the enunciation of the mystery which Paul calls the mystery of godliness, has come down to us precisely as the apostle originally wrote it, no such doctrine as the incarnation of one person of a triune Godhead is conveyed by it. The phrase • God was manifested in the fleshi,' supposing it to be scriptural, would not necessarily imply any more than that the power of God was, in some remarkable inanner, displayed in one of the human race. To å reader of the New Testament, duly attentive to the terms in which Jesus, as the inspired Messenger of heaven, and even the apostles whom he coinmissioned to preach his gospel to all nations, after his death, are spoken of, it conveys no other notion than this, that the doctrine which he delivered had been derived immediately from God, and that the works to which he appealed as an evidence of this, were wrought by the Creator and Governor of the world. When the timid ruler of the Jews, deeply impressed by the miracles of Jesus, came to him by night, to scrutinize his character, and to gain some better knowledge of his views, he thus addressed him: Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles which thou doest, except God be with him.' To Nicodemus, we may be sure, the language attributed to Paul would not have suggested any mysterious notion. When, happily for the poor distressed widow of Nain, Jesus met her near the gate of her city, following her dead son to the grave, and, having by his word restored him to life, delivered bim to his mother, we are told that they who saw what was done, glorified God, saying, ' A great prophet is risen up amongst us, and God hath visited his people. These, without doubt, would readily comprehend how God could be manifested in the flesb.-Such language would have conveyed no notion of VOL, XII.