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Philosophically and Theologically Examined:
IN A SERIES OF PERIODICAL NUMBERS;
A COMPLETE REFUTATION
THE UNITARIAN SYSTEM.
"Videte, ne quis vos decipiat per Philosophiam et inanem fallaciam, secundum
"Beware, lest any man impose upon you by Philosophy and Vain fallacy,
BY THE REY. ANTHONY KOHLMANN,
SUPERIOR OF THE CATHOLIC SEMINARY AT WASHINGTON CITY.
PUBLISHED BY HENRY GUEGAN, PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE.
DAVIS AND FORCE, PRINTERS.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, to wit:
BE IT REMEMBERED, That, on the twelfth day of September, in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the forty-sixth, Anthony Kohlmann, of the said district, has deposited in the office of the Clerk of the District Court, for the District of Columbia, the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit:
"Unitarianism Philosophically and Theologically examined: in a series of periodical numbers; comprising a complete refutation of the leading principles of the Unitarian system."
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled "An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned;" and also to the Act, entitled "An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled 'An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching, historical and other prints."
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand, and affixed the public seal of my office, the day and year aforesaid.
EDMUND I. LEE,
Clerk of the District Court for the District of Columbia.
INTRODUCTION TO THE WHOLE WORK.
A Religion always attacked, and always victorious : a Religion, that gathers strength from the very means which, in the nature of things, ought to annihilate it, I mean, from cruel persecutions, heresies, and schisms: A religion, in fine, that has withstood the most violent assaults and combined efforts of paganism, libertinism, and of the powers of the earth, for no less than eighteen hundred years; is incontestably and eminently the work of God. Adorned with the accumulated trophies of so many ages, she solemnly proclaims her divine origin, and compels even her inveterate foes to acknowledge, in her native and invincible strength, the finger of God, and to exclaim, with the Magi of Egypt, " Digitus Dei hic." The finger of God is here.*
Now, such is the Religion of Jesus Christ. It no sooner appeared upon earth, but it met with universal contradiction. The jealous Synagogue began this cruel war with an unparalleled fury, and cut off, within a few years, some of its chief supports next sprang up a whole swarm of proud and selfconceited innovators, who successively attacked all its sacred dogmas. These, again, were succeeded by the most virulent writers of Paganism, the Celsuses, the Porphyriuses, the Plotins, the Julians, &c. who, armed with all the resources of genius and the subtleties of philosophy, took the field against it, with the frantic determination not to retreat till the Christian name should be utterly exterminated; whilst, on the other hand, the masters of Rome were employing all the force of their empire against the infant church of Christ: fire, sword, gibbets, boiling caldrons, slow-fire, wild beasts, racks, maiming of limbs, &c. all were made use of against the professors of the Christian name. Vain efforts! Useless undertakings! This work comes from God-the power of men cannot stop it: "the blood of martyrs is indeed flowing over
* Exod. viii. 19.