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IN ANSWER TO SOME
Popular Arguments against the Trinity.
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CATHOLIC DOCTRINE QF THE TRINITY.
As Christians and members of the Church
of England, you have been taught, that the true God, whom you are bound to believe and worship, is a Trinity in Unity. In the Name of these three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, you have been baptized : and in the Litany are directed to pray to this Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three Persons and one God, that he would have mercy upon us miserable sinners.
From the first propagation of the Gospel, there has been a sort of men in the Christian church, who had too high an opinion of their
own knowledge and wisdom to submit quietly to this doctrine. They pretended it was contrary to their Reason and common sense, and impossible in the Nature of Things, that the true God should be made manifest in the flesh for the Salvation of the world; and hence they argued, that the Incarnation must either have been a delusion, a fact brought to pass only in shew and appearance; or that the Person incarnate must have been some created Being, far inferior in power and dignity to the Divine Nature itself.
About three hundred years after the death of Christ, when Paganism, or the worship of idols, was losing its influence in the Roman empire, this Heresy, being come to its full growth, did iminediately supply the place of it, and prospered to such a degree, that it overspread the greatest part of the East, and ended at last in the imposture of the false prophet Mahomet; whose doctrine was readily embraced wherever Arianism prevailed, and no where else among Christians; and his disciples do at this day most zealously deny that Trinity which you worship.
When the Teachers of the Church found themselves disturbed, and their people cormupted more and more, by the daily increase