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SIR CULLING EARDLEY SMITH, BART.
THE FOLLOWING ESSAY;
OCCASIONED BY HIS CATHOLIC SOLICITUDE
TO PROMOTE THAT UNITY,
WHICH MUST, ONE DAY, PREVAIL
AMONG ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS,
OF EVERY NAME, SECT, AND PARTY ;
IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,
WITH EARNEST CORRESPONDING DESIRES,
HIS FAITHFUL SERVANT,
The Scriptures having much insisted on the UNITY of the Church of Christ, and as strongly condemned the sin of Schism, Sir Culling EARDLEY Smith wishes to offer a Prize of £100, for the best Essay on this subject.
The Essayist should write in a christian spirit. He should derive his views of the nature of the Sin exclusively from the Scriptures. He should be eminently candid and impartial, in specifying the instances in which either churches or individuals are guilty of it. While leading his readers to perceive a schismatical spirit, where it exists, in Creeds, Formularies, or Laws, he should also compel them to detect and to condemn it in themselves.
He should expose the various disguises which it as
He should exhibit its exceeding sinfulness.
He should develop the mischievous consequences to which it leads.
And, lastly, he should suggest the means by which
endeavour to expel it from our own hearts, from our societies, and from the whole Church of Christ.
The arbitrators are the Hon.and Rev.Baptist NOEL, and the Rev. JAMES SHERMAN. Each Essay should be sent to Captain Peevor, Church Street, Chelsea, on or before the 1st day of October, 1837, with a sealed letter, containing the address of the writer. The manuscripts will then be sent to the arbitrators, without the letters, and they hope to make their decision, on the 1st day of February, 1838.