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London Radical Reform Association. Resurrection of 900 Copies
Co-operation Project. Reform in Parliament, by E. R. Notice of the
The Inndel Missionaries in conflict with the Christian Instruction
Currency Mania, No. 2.--Letter to the Rev. Dr. Bennett.-Lan.
Currency Mania, No. 3, (from a Correspondent.)-Infidel Lectures,
Corn Laws and general Taxation of the Country.-Letters from
Summary on the Currency, Corn Laws, and general Taxation.—Let.
A Letter to the Duke of Wellington.-Challenge by the Rev. Robert
Ile Editor to his Readers.---Statement of the Receipts and Appli.
romise of a General Discussion on the Merits of the Christian Religion
, driivered before a Society at Leeds.-A Sermon Preached on
ING:on of the Christian Religion.
Leeds, June 28, 1829. Ouk present task is finished in Leeds. We have alarmed more good Christians, than we have been able to get to hear us. After meeting successive small but respectable companies, through the week, we were told last night, that we should not be allowed to receive company on the Sunday, and that the Mayor and Magistrates would support the landlord of our room with all the physical force at their command, to prevent it. It was in vain to cope with this; and though we should have had the best congregation in Leeds, at free admission, we were not desirous of physical hostilities." Immense numbers of people came to the door of our lecture-room, at the appointed time, as The interruption happened too late to be announced. Various groups, to the number of five hundred, kept up a long conversation on the circumstance, and, it is likely, that more conviction ol our rectitude arose at the interruption we had received, than if we had addressed them. So much for Christian fear and godly care. The Christian religion was not made for inquiry, and we are very shrewdly told, by its preachers, that the time is now gone by for it. They certainly are well seated in its high places, but we can shake them and make them quake and tremble. We shall overthrow them; and that which we are taking is the right course, for an accumulative power equal to the project. The Leeds Infidels will very soon possess themselves of a lecturingroom, in which they cannot be disturbed, on Sunday or any other day. As soon as they have a room under their controut, that
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will contain three hundred persons, we will return to work among them. We exhort the Infidels of other towns to rally toward the accomplishment of a similar project. Infidels must not ask leave of Christians for an enclosure, in which to deliver their sentiments. And if they do, they will continue to ask in vain ; for the Christians are much too cunning to grant the permission. Our experience assures us, that discussion with Christian preachers will not be obtained, until Infidelity has its temples, in which it may be begun. The argument with the Christians now is, that places built and consecrated to a preaching of the word of God would be desecrated by a discussion of the merits of that word. They reason well and wisely, as to their private interests, and will never otherwise reason. But this we have done. We have challenged them on new ground. We have done what no Infidels have done before us. We have disputed, on historical grounds, the personal existence of Jesus Christ. And, before us, the preachers of Jesus Christ are dumb. Not one of them will defend his pretended master, where an opponent can answer him. What does this look like? What does it mean? What is to be the inference? Do these preachers discern the inference that must be drawn from such a circumstance? Are they awake to their real situation? Can Christianity be kept up under such a dilemma? Their last resource is to lie. This they are doing abundantly. In the Leeds Intelligencer of Thursday last, I am reported as a “sorry antagonist” against such Christians as opposed me on the Tuesday evening → when the reality of the thing was, that I carried every thing my own way, and so stated the case, that not a Christian present, not even the reporter himself, who took an active part in the conversation, would defend the Christian doctrine of the atonement, that only essentiality in the religion. This very reporter threw up the attributes of omnipotence and omniscience in his deity, when he saw that I was bringing home, as the necessary adjunct to such attributes, moral responsibility for all the evils in eristence. Never stood a man before a company more triumphant in argument, than I stood before that company. I felt truly, then and there, the greatness of Infidelity and the littleness of the Christian religion. On the Wednesday, I took the following advertisement to the Intelligencer Office, and requested the printing of a placard, to which we received the adjoined answer :“ To the Magistrates, Literati, Ministers of the Gospel, and the
more critical portion of the Ladies and Gentlemen, inhabitants of Leeds and its vicinity.
- The Rev. Robert Taylor, B. A. and Mr. Richard Carlile, of London, travelling through the country as Infidel Missionaries and challenging all competent persons to discussion, having, by