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Ireland, and to compare the tradition to which that Father had recourse as an argumentum ad hominem against his adversaries, with that which is used as a co-ordinate authority with Scripture, by the Church of Rome. We are deceived, if the most decided friend to Roman Catholic supremacy will not discover, notwithstanding all the false reasoning and all the undue concessions of the vehement African, that the claims, pretensions, and doctrines of the modern chair of St. Peter, never crossed his imagination.
We would advert at length to the objections we have heard made against our Publication, had we any hope that we could improve in these respects; but as they are objections which we had anticipated, and which are the necessary results of the principles of action which we originally laid down, we may regret, but cannot satisfactorily remove them. We are accused of stupidity, and we doubt not that our speculations will continue to be considered stupid, by those who look only for amusement, and who read without thinking; but we never calculated on popularity with such students, and must appeal from their judgment to the opinions of those who do not regard the trifles and follies of the hour, as equally interesting subjects with the march of human intellect, and the progress of Divine truth. We are illiberal-we had always known that the advocates for truth would be called so, both by the open enemies of true liberality and its compromising friends. We are undecided and trimming in point of doctrine;-to the advocates of a system, we fear that we must ever appear so; and until an inspired expositor of the inspired word arise, and by his infallibility decide, and for ever, controversy, we shall not cease admiring genuine piety and devotedness of soul, whether it speak the technical language of one school or another; in fine, we are said to be Calvinists and bigotted adherents to this system--we regret that such an accusation has been made, for it exhibits fearful evidence against those who make it—they who deem our publication Calvinistic must have low views indeed of Divine Grace. Our aim has been to steer through the narrows of controversy without inclining to either side; and believing our Church to be only so far Calvinistic or Arminian, as Calvin or Arminius is Scriptural, we shall never hesitate to advocate opinions fairly contained in or deduced from
her formularies of faith and service, though we may seem intolerant or enthusiastic to the adherents of colder systems.
In returning thanks to our friends on both sides of the water for their favours, and soliciting a continuation of them, we would again express our anxious desire not to receive their patronage one moment longer than our practice conforms to our principles; and when The Christian Examiner shall cease to advocate with temper the great cause of morals and religion, none will rejoice more in its cessation than its present Conductors.