7 JULY 1866, Page 22


Thoughts on the Athanasian Creed. By a Layman. (Trubner.)--s This little book contains a temperate and reverent expression of opinion on the part of a writer who has found that from a careful examination of the language of Scripture he is led to the rejection of the Nicene and Athanasian Creeds, whilst with one modification he retains a belief in that of the Apostles. Here he would substitute for the Holy Ghost the words "Divine inspiration," and is thus lett with a conviction of the unity of God and of the divine mission, miracles, and resurrection of Christ.. He professes to have, and indeed shows that he has, arrived at his con- clusions by personal investigation, and, admitting that they may not be novel, " thinks it possible that his thoughts may suggest some ideas or- arguments that have not been previously entertained or urged." We believe his views are much the same as those of the older Unitarians, but we find a certain freshness in the expression of them. There can be no objection to their publication, presented as they are in an unobjec- tionable form, and calculated, like all temperate and well considered controversial writing, to be as useful and interesting to opponents as to sympathizers.