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A Letter To The Reverend Mr Channing

Auhtor: George Bethune English

Language: english
Published: 1813

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Review by Michael Gallagher, February 2006


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Summary of the Book 'A Letter To The Reverend Mr Channing':

George Bethune English (March 7 1787 - Washington D.C. September 20 1828) was an American adventurer diplomat soldier and convert to Islam. The oldest of four children English was born in Cambridge Massachusetts where he was baptized at Trinity Church on April 1 1787. He later attended Harvard College where his dissertation won a Bowdoin Prize he received a Masters in theology in 1811. During his studies however English encountered doubts about Christian theology and went on to publish his misgivings in a book entitled The Grounds of Christianity Examined which earned him excommunication from the Church of Christ in 1814. English addressed some of the criticisms and controversies caused by his first book in a second tract A Letter to the Reverend Mr. Cary as well as in published responses to Unitarian leader William Ellery Channings (1780?1842) Two Sermons on Infidelity. Subsequently he edited a country newspaper during which time he may have learned the Cherokee language. English was nominated by President James Madison on February 27 1815 and commissioned on March 1 1815 as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps during the War of 1812 and assigned to Marine Corps headquarters. He then sailed to the Mediterranean and was among the first citizens of the United States known to have visited Egypt. Shortly after arriving in Egypt he resigned his commission converted to Islam and joined Ismail Pasha in an expedition up the Nile River against Sennar 1820 winning distinction as an officer of artillery. He published his Narrative of the Expedition to Dongola and Sennaar (London 1822) regarding his exploits. A colleague from Harvard Edward Everett published a rejoinder to Englishs book The Grounds of Christianity Examined to which English responded with his 1824 book Five Smooth Stones out of the Brook. After his work for Ismail Pasha English worked in the Diplomatic Corps of the United States in the Levant where he worked to secure a trade agreement between the United States and the Ottoman Empire which had trade valued at nearly 800000 in 1822. In 1827 he returned to the United States and died in Washington the next year.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Letter To The Reverend Mr Channing':


... eloquent and interesting Sermons on Infidelity, I have read with the interest arising from the nature of the subject you have discussed, and the ...
... in his way, but he absolutely cut them to pieces with the edge of ridicule, most bitterly envenomed too with something else. It seems therefore a little ...
... very great stress which has been laid upon this rumour spread all over the east a little unreasonable. For 1. A rumour is not as I apprehend an ...
... with regard to the Messiah, describe a deliverer of the human race very similar to say the least to the character in which Jesus appeared. I must ...
... during his life time, than Christianity did in one hundred years. 3. But what is still more to the purpose, it cannot, I conceive, apply to Jesus at ...
... first gospels were composed were, according to this Hypothesis, anonymous, and the gospels themselves written by we do not know what authors and yet, ...
... subject closely, you will be satisfied to your astonishment that we have not so much as we have for the works of Virgil or Cicero and that we have ...
... Lord wilt thou now (or at this time) restore the kingdom to Israel. And his answer is, not that it should never be restored, but that it was not ...
... what sort of a kingdom it was to be will appear from the not very spiritual description of the reign of Jesus upon earth during the Millennium, described ...
... causes why we ought to give Christianity a respectful and dispassionate examination. If I were so happy as to be so eloquent as you, and in a manner which ...
... New Testament and place himself on the footing of the devout Gentiles mentioned in the Acts, who worshipped the one God, and kept the moral law of ...
... which the prophets and Moses did say. Acts xxvi. 22,. Jesus and his Apostles do frequently, and emphatically style the books of the Old Testament The ...
... support from the peculiar doctrines of any sect. And the idea that this great duty would be superceded by the dismission of the New Testament is so utterly ...
... that in giving up the New Testament they would not necessarily give up more than a part of their bibles, or any part of their bible, except that whose ...
... disposed to speak the truth, have not scrupled to confess, that the miraculous shifts were then actually withdrawn, because the church stood no longer ...
... authority of a few leading men it is not strange to find it ascribed to them by every body else without knowing or inquiring into the grounds of it. ...
... than St. Epiphanius, for the purity of his life as well as the extent of his leaning. He was master of five languages, and has left behind him one ...
... in the earlier fathers, prompted by the same zeal and the same interests, yet endued with less learning, less judgment, and more credulity. Such ...
... and those of their heathen contemporaries. According to the latter they were very weak and credulous. The primitive Christians were perpetually reproached ...
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