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Letter to the Reverend Mr. Cary Containing Remarks upon his Review of the Grounds of Christianity Examined by Comparing the New Testament to the Old   By: (1787-1828)

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In his thought-provoking work, George Bethune English delves into the fundamental aspects of Christianity. "Letter to the Reverend Mr. Cary" is a powerful rebuttal of the Reverend's review of "The Grounds of Christianity Examined by Comparing the New Testament to the Old." English skillfully dismantles the Reverend's arguments, presenting a persuasive case for his own interpretation of the relationship between the two testaments.

English's writing style is eloquent and his arguments are meticulously constructed, making for a compelling read. He begins by providing a concise summary of the Reverend's review, acknowledging the points raised against his original work. However, English promptly counters these criticisms, highlighting what he views as logical flaws and misinterpretations.

One of the book's major strengths lies in English's extensive knowledge of biblical texts and historical context. Throughout the letter, he draws upon a wealth of scriptural references to support his own claims, presenting a comprehensive analysis that leaves no stone unturned. This scholarly approach not only adds credibility to his arguments but also allows readers to deepen their understanding of the subject matter.

Furthermore, English skillfully intertwines personal anecdotes and narratives into his letter, adding a touch of humanity to the otherwise intellectual discourse. These personal touches not only provide the reader with a glimpse into English's own religious journey but also help form a connection between author and reader, drawing them further into the text.

However, one potential limitation of the book is its highly specific nature. Without familiarizing oneself with "The Grounds of Christianity Examined by Comparing the New Testament to the Old" and the Reverend's review, readers may find it challenging to fully grasp the context and intricacies of English's arguments. It would have been beneficial for the author to provide a brief summary or overview of the Reverend's work to facilitate a more comprehensive understanding.

Despite this limitation, "Letter to the Reverend Mr. Cary" is an enlightening and stimulating piece of literature that should be of interest to anyone seeking to delve deeper into the complexities of Christianity and its relationship between the Old and New Testaments. English's persuasive arguments, backed by his extensive knowledge and personal insights, make this book a valuable addition to the canon of religious scholarship.

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A Letter To the Reverend Mr. Channing Relative to His Two Sermons On Infidelity

By George Bethune English, A.M. Boston Printed for the Author 1813


Rev. Sir,

Your eloquent and interesting Sermons on Infidelity, I have read with the interest arising from the nature of the subject you have discussed, and the impressive manner in which you have treated it.

As it is understood that the appearance of those Sermons was owing to a Book lately published by me, I request your pardon for a liberty I am about to take, which in any other circumstances I should blush to presume upon it is sir, with deference, and great respect, to express my sentiments with regard to some of the arguments contained in them, where the reasoning does not appear to me so unexceptionable as the language in which it is enveloped, is eloquent and affecting. There are also some opinions of yours relative to matters of fact, in those discourses, to which I would respectfully solicit your attention.

It afforded me much pleasure, though it caused me no surprise, to perceive you to say in your introductory remarks, that these Sermons were designed to procure for the arguments for Christianity "a serious, and respectful attention" and, that if you should "be so happy as to awaken candid and patient enquiry," your "principal object will be accomplished" you wish, "that Christianity should be thoroughly examined," you do "not wish to screen it from enquiry... Continue reading book >>

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