Learn about Letters on the Existence and Agency of Fallen Spirits :
The present is a day of free inquiry. Our creed cannot now rest on authority, but on argument. The subject about to be examined, which constitutes one article in ” the popular creed,” you will, doubtless, think of importance, of great importance, if the view here taken be correct ; and even if this view be erroneous, it is surely important to disabuse the public mind of an error so long and so generally prevalent.
But you will ask, ” Why are these letters addressed to me ?” The question is a fair one, and shall have a frank answer. Your high standing in this community, your acknowledged talents, your various learning, your cultivated taste and extended influence, point you out as the proper person to be addressed, that any mistatement of facts or fallacy of reasoning may at once authorize and invite from your able pen prompt and certain refutation. Another motive, I am free to state, is the influence of your name in arresting attention and inviting inquiry. The simple fact, however, that you have long been known as an intelligent and influential advocate of Unitarianism, would of itself justify the course I have taken. To whom could I so appropriately address a series of Letters, controverting the opinions of Unitarians on an important subject, as to the most influential of the Unitarian clergy ? Another reason, however, for this course will soon be apparent, which, if well grounded, will not only justify, but render imperative the selection of Dr. Channing as the individual to be addressed.