An Examination Of The Doctrine Of Future Retribution; On The Principles Of Morals, Analogy And The Scriptures by Hosea Ballou

An Examination Of The Doctrine Of Future Retribution; On The Principles Of Morals, Analogy And The…

byHosea Ballou

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1846. Excerpt: ... ing this subject, and need to be conducted into the light. I may now consider the Unitarian doctrine of future retribution, as they generally hold it forth. I have never been able to learn that Unitarian divines have framed any system of doctrine respecting this subject. They appear to maintain it by no argument; but merely state it as a fact, and as if it were not disputed. They generally, or frequently, at least, state^the idea, wholly or in part, in the language of some passage or passages of Scripture, which they very well know the common people understand to refer to such a subject, and entirely depend on popular prejudice to justify themselves in the procedure. They congratulate themselves, however, on account of their not making the future state of the wicked quite as bad as our Calvinistic divines represent it; but if they find the Calvinists disposed to make use of this in any way unfavorable to their popularity, they will then go to work in earnest, and create a hell so intolerably frightful that it would even fright themselves if they should believe one half of their own story. If the reader should say that the above statement seems to wear an uncharitable aspect, he must be told, that the sole reason is, it is a true, unvarnished representation of the case. If the question be asked, how I can justify them in their proceedings, I answer; I have no right to judge them as to their motives, and therefore, as they are not accountable to me, I judge them not. " To their own master they stand or fall." The doctrine of a future retribution, as taught by our Unitarian divines, maintains that happiness and misery, in the future world will be enjoyed and suffered accordingly as men shall have lived virtuously or otherwise in this world. This is their simple statement, and it is lik...

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Title:An Examination Of The Doctrine Of Future Retribution; On The Principles Of Morals, Analogy And The…Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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