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THE OLD FORTS TAKEN.



The Old Forts Taken



tfitie Lectures

ON

ENDLESS PUNISHMENT AND
FUTURE LIFE



REV. A. A. MINER, D.D.



BOSTON
UNIVERSALIST PUBLISHING HOUSE

1878




Copyright,
By Uxiversalist Publishing House.

1878.



Cambridge :
Press of John Wilson Son.



PREFACE.



So extraordinary has been the interest excited
of late in the discussion of the doctrine of End-
less Punishment, that, notwithstanding the
numerous contributions thereto from all quar-
ters, both at home and abroad, it has been
thought that these Lectures might reach some
minds to which more elaborate works would
not gain access. They were delivered ex-
temporaneously during the past season in the
Columbus Avenue Universalist Church. The
first four were phonographically reported, and
revised by the author ; while the fifth was
written some months after its delivery.

The Author.

Boston, May 13, 1878.



CONTENTS.



LECTURE I.

PAGE

The Old Forts Taken 1

LECTURE II.
The New Forts Indefensible 24

LECTURE III.
Is that a Christian Temper which eagerly

SEEKS FOR NEW DEFENCES, WHEN THE OLD
HAVE BEEN SWEPT AWAY ? 49

LECTURE IV.

If Moral* in its Influence, why was it Re-
jected of God, as a Motive to Obedience,

FOR AT LEAST FOUR THOUSAND YEARS . . 70

LECTURE V.

What Universalism has to say of the Future
Life 97



ENDLESS PUNISHMENT.



I.

THE OLD FORTS TAKEN.

" And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls
shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the

GROUND, EVEN TO THE DUST." — Isaiah XXV. 12.

[" NEED not remark the importance of walls and
*- forts in the defence of ancient cities against the
incursions of enemies. With means of warfare far
less effective than those which prevail in modern
times, a good wall about a cit}' was a successful
defence against every thing but the battering-ram ;
and, if strong enough, good even against that.

But it was the purpose of the fortresses, lifted far
above the wall, so to command the view on all sides,
as that, by the usual weapons of defence, the be-
siegers might be kept at ba}\ Generally, the holders
of the forts were quite secure. But when these for-
tresses were levelled to the dust, the city was already
taken.

So it is in the field of controversy. When doc-
trines long prevailing, and the propositions by which



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they have been defended, have been successfully as-
sailed : when close scrutiny and careful analysis have
exposed their weakness, and candid minds have sur-
rendered, — discomfiture already perches upon their
banners, and the revolution is half effected. The
army may not be entirely broken up ; it may with-
draw with some show of order, and throw up new
intrenchments, which themselves must be subse-
quently carried ; but victory is at length assured.

This is substantially the condition to-day of the co-
horts of the doctrine of Endless Punishment. The
varied defences of the doctrine which have been
made prominent, and have been generally relied
upon, have been cast down. One fortress after
another upon the high towers has been laid low,
even in the dust. I do not say that there is not
many a sick and wounded soldier lingering still
among the ruins ; but I do sa}' that a large part
of the effective army has been taken captive, and
is henceforth bound to service in the cause of
truth.

Long ago was it conceded, notwithstanding the
current quotations therefrom to the contrary, that
the Old Testament does not teach the doctrine of
endless, not even future, punishment. The declara-
tion of Dr. George Campbell, a Scotch Presbyterian
divine, made many years ago, that "it is plain that
in the Old Testament the most profound silence
is observed in regard to the state of the dea



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