Excerpt from Letters on the Trinity, and on the Divinity of Christ: Addressed to the Rev. William E. Channing, in Answer to His Sermon "on the Doctrines of Christianity;" Preached and Published at Baltimore
II. The limited range of the human faculties should inv spire us with humility and self-distrust in considering those doctrines which we cannot explain, and which are confessed iy beyond our comprehension. Man, as originally consti tuted, was endowed with intellectual and moral powers of a high order; but the introduction of sin, which hath spread a blight over his moral powers, has also exerted a baleful in iluence over his intellectual faculties. This is evident from the statements Of Scripture and the testimony Of expe rience. It is true that the human mind is still gifted with lofty powers and the exercise of these powers is connected with much happiness and enjoyment. Though not qualified, as in his original condition, to hold high and holy intercourse with his Maker, man is still enabled to trace the existence and Operation of a great intelligent First Cause and, from those things which are seen, to form some concept tion of an invisible Power and Godhead. By the exercise of his faculties, man has been enabled to explore the arcana of physical science - to calculate the distances and motions of the heavenly bodies - to render the most powerful agents in nature subservient to his purposes. But, after all, to what do his utmost attainments amount In the world of matter.
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