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THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURAL SUBJECTS :
1. THE PERSONALITY OF THE DEVIL.
II. THE DURATION OF THE PUNISHMENT EXPRESSED BY
THE WORDS EVER, EVERLASTING, ETERNAL, &c.
III. DEMONIACAL POSSESSIONS.
WITH ESSAYS AND NOTES,
BY OTIS A. SKINNER.
PUBLISHED BY A. TOMPKINS.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854, by
In revising the following pages, I have been careful to make no change in any part, which would modify, in the least, the views expressed by the author. This work had the same characteristics in its style as the First Inquiry ; and here, as in that, I have omitted some questions, statements and explanatory remarks, which the author, in his great desire to be distinctly understood, had very frequently repeated. I have also made some other changes, entirely of a verbal nature, though not of sufficient consequence to be noted.
It will be seen that I have added, besides the notes, between forty and fifty pages on topics intimately connected with the subjects discussed in the work. In what I have written I have availed myself of the latest researches on the points discussed ; and I feel that in that respect, at least, the matter added is of value.
I need say nothing in commendation of this work ; for it has had a wide circulation, and is known to be distinguished alike for its candor, its just criticisms, and its patient investigations. Mr. Balfour prized truth more than money, position or popularity ; and, therefore, he honestly sought for truth, and as honestly declared it to the world. From his preface I give the following:
:-“I make no apology for availing myself of quotations from various authors in the course of my remarks, for they are chiefly taken from writers whose religious creeds embraced the opinions controverted. None of them are taken from professed Universalists, for by most people their testimony would be deemed exceptionable, however well supported by evidence. The testimonies