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The Finite Nature of Sin is Argued,
Final Reconciliation of all Men
TO HOLINESS AND HAPPINESS.
BY HOSEA BALLOU,
Pastor of the Universalist Church and Society in Portsmouth, N. H.
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made
And there shall be no more death."
PORTSMOUTH N. H.
PRINTED AT THE ORACLE PRESS,
NEW-HAMPSHIRE DISTRICT, to wir :
E it remembered, that on this 10th day of February, in the thirty-sixth year of the In***** dependence of the United States of America, The Rev. HOSEA BALLOU, of Portsmouth, in said District, hath deposited in this office, the title of a Book whereof he claims as author in the words following-to wit:
"A Treatise on Atonement; in which, the Finite Nature "of Sin is Argued, Its Cause and Consequences as such; "The Necessity and Nature of Atonement; And its glori, "ous Consequences, in the Final Reconciliation of all Men "to Holiness and Happiness. BY HOSEA BALLOU, Pastor of "the Universalist Church and Society in Portsmouth, N. H. "Author of Notes and Illustrations on the the Parables," "Candid Review, &c.".
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." ST. PAUL. ST. JOHN.
"And there shall be no more death."
IN conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled "An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing copies of Maps, Charts, and other Books, to the authors and proprietors therein mentioned; and also an act supplementary to an act for the encouragement of learning by securing copies of Maps and Charts, and other Books, to the authors and proprietors therein mentioned, and extending the benefit thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints."
R. CUTTS SHANNON, Clerk of said District. A true copy of Record,
Attest, R. CUTTS SHANNON, Clerk,
Tappan Break As 1-8-1932
A LETTER TO THE READER.
I KNOW it is frequently the case, when
a person takes a new work in hand, he first casts his eye over the title page, and if he find no word on it that indicates perverse sentiments; and the name or denomination, of the author be agreeable, he may think of having patience to read it; but, being something in a hurry, passes slightly over the preface, supposing it to be of little consequence. But what sensations may have struck your mind, on reading the title of this book, and finding it to be the intention of the author to prove the doctrine of universal holiness and happiness, through the mediation and power of atoning grace, I cannot say; however, I would invite you to read, with candor and attention, not only this letter, but the whole of the work, and make up your judgment afterwards.
Many circumstances might be mentioned, which, in their association, haye induced me to write and publish the following treatise; but I can say, with propriety, that the central object was that, in which I always find the most happiness, viz. to do what I find most necessary, in order to render myself most useful to mankind.
I have, from my early youth, been much in the habit of inquiring into the things of religion, and religious sentiments; and have, for a number of years, seen or thought I saw, great inconsistencies, in what has, for a long time, passed for orthodoxy in divinity.