Letters from Mary Dana

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Letters addressed to Relatives and Friends, chiefly in reply to arguments in support of the Doctrine of the Trinity

BY MARY S. B. DANA, Author of ‘THE SOUTHERN AND NORTHERN HARPS,’ ‘THE PARTED FAMILY,’ ETC. BOSTON: 1845

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INTRODUCTION

LETTER 1.
A change of views, The Trinity, Modified views, Spirit of Inquiry, Means of information, Solitary investigation, New Views

LETTER 2.
The terms God & Lord, Explanations of texts. Isa. vi. 1-10 compared with John xii. 41, Rom. ix. 5, Phil. ii. 6, 7, Rev. i. 6, Rev. v. 5-14, Rev. xxii. 16, 1 Tim. vi. 15, compared with Rev. xvii. 11, 2 Corr. xiii. 11, John i. 1, Isa. vi. 1-10 compared with John xii. 44, John xx. 28, Phil. ii. 6-7, 2 Pet. iii. 18, Heb. i. 6, Col. i. 16-17.

LETTER 3.
Scott’s notes, Whitby’s retraction, Extracts from Whitby, The Divine Will, Whitby on the opinions of the Fathers Sir Isaac Newton, Pliny’s letter to Trajan, St. John’s Gospel.

LETTER 4.
Correction of Doctrines, Always an inquirer, Collateral doctrines, The great point of difference, Sources of information, Importance of our influence, Scott and Newton.

LETTER 5.
Investigation no crime, Paternal faithfulness, Caution recommended, Review of circumstances, Exhibition of consequences.

LETTER 6.
Remarks upon Honesty, The Trinitarian Doxology, The Unitarian Hymn book, Dr. Watts aUnitarian, Watts’s Psalms and Hymns.

LETTER 7.
An Explanation, Early Opinions, Bible Phraseology, Inquiries and Replies, Extracts from Dewey’s Sermons, On the use of certain terms, On the Baptismal form, On the Atonement, On Human Depravity, On Election, On the Future State.

LETTER 8.
Inquiries answered, Morality of Unitarians, Involuntary Errors, Unitarian Writings, Lines onLukexviii.29-30.

LETTER 9.
An overflow of Feeling, Love and Honor to Christ, Christ a King, Mistakes corrected, Human Reason, Expression of sentiments, A Prayer.

LETTER 10.
Unitarians do not deny Christ, Additions to truth Errors, Illustration,Christour Foundation.

LETTER 11.
The Scriptures honor Christ, Trinitarians dishonor Christ, An Christians, Christ’s Authority.

LETTER 12.
Views of Atonement, Extract, Unitarians are… Instability, Opinions ought to be tested, Who has the Holy Spirit, No infallible human guide.

LETTER 13.
Mental Freedom, General Ignorance, Assembly’s Catechism, Inward Conflicts, Depravity, Election, Conflicts.

LETTER 14.
Calvinism.

LETTER 15.
God our Father, Conceptions of God, Native Depravity.

LETTER 16.
Contemplation of Virtue beneficial, Triumphs of Virtue, Fenelon, My former faith, Blessing of Freedom. Horror of Calvinism, Combination…

LETTER 17.
Signs of the Times, 1 Tim. iii. 16, Mysteries, Extract from Robinson. . .

LETTER 18.
An Extract, Abstract Truth, Erroneous Premises, Human Creeds, Danger of Belief not voluntary, An Extract from Sparks, On Vows . . . . .

LETTER 19.
Truth and its consequences, Volume of Poems, God, our Savior, Christ’s words those of theFather,AReply,ExtractandReply.

LETTER 20.
Election, Final Perseverance of Saints, Anti-Christ, An Extract, Dogmatism, a sign of weakness, Arminians, Christ not the Infinite God, The Trinity.

LETTER 21.
The phrase “I Am,” Early Trinitarians, Extract from Sparks.

LETTER 22.
Extracts from Sparks—the Fathers, The Apostles, Roman Catholic Writers, Lutherans and Araminians, Dr. Watts, Smalridge and Atterbury, Tradition and Inference.

LETTER 23.
Erroneous Premises, Colossians ii. 9, Absurdity, Religious Freedom, Searching the Scriptures, Uniformity, Mental Freedom, Injurious Imputations, Christian Charity.

LETTER 24.
Mental Suffering, Extract and Reply, An Extract, Denunciation unwise, The Duke of Sussex, Unitarians love Charity, Religious Controversy, An Extract, Phil. ii. 6, Atonement, Mediation, Christ ever Present, Christ’s Knowledge, Omnipresence, Harsh Epithets.

LETTER 25.
Extracts, The Light of the Truth, Colossians chap. I. & II., Creation by Christ a Spiritual one, An Extract, Mystery, Creation by Proxy, Human Teaching not Infallible, Extract and Reply.

LETTER 26.
Method of Investigation, Use of Reason, Principles of Unitarianism.

LETTER 27.
No Human Creeds, Who are Christ’s Friends? The Lost Sheep, Extracts and Replies.

LETTER 28.
Extracts and Replies, Scripture Tests, Testimonies of Trinitarians.

LETTER 29.
Causes of Infidelity, Signs of the Times.

LETTER 30.
Painful Themes, John Blanco White, General Remarks, Unwillingness Extract.

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