A Correspondence by Letters, Between Samuel C. Loveland, Preacher of the Doctrine of Universal Salvation, and Rev. Joseph Laberee, Pastor of the Congregational Church and Society in Jerico, Vermont (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from A Correspondence by Letters, Between Samuel C. Loveland, Preacher of the Doctrine of Universal Salvation, and Rev. Joseph Laberee, Pastor of the Congregational Church and Society in Jerico, Vermont

Tun Letters that fill the following pages, were intended to contain an investigation of the doctrine of endless mise ry, compared with that of the salvation of the whole hu man family. The advocates for each belief, engaged to make the sacred scriptures the criterion of judging, the ground of examination, and the impartial decision of the subject. But in the pursuance of our labors, no conces sions have been gained on either side. It is, therefore, submitted to the judgment of the candid reader, which side the scripture appears the most to favor, and which ap pears the' most agreeable to reason and christian expert ence, from the arguments and scriptures offered, as the ad vocates for each sentiment have judged for themselves. The subject is thought to be a serious and important one, embracing the interests of every individual. Our views of the character of our glorious and benevolent Creator, must have an influence on our moral conduct, and tend to sweet en or embitter life, according as they approximate to the fight of divine truth, or are foreign from this benignant and salutary principle. Hence the spirit of impartiality and free enquiry should ever be cherished in the human breast. The seat of prepossession and the influence of popular re ligious tenets, evidently form no small barrier to the pro gress of truth. From a view of past ages, we see they are as likely to be against the truth as in its favor.

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