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Introduction TT was with a feeling akin to presumption
that these studies on the atonement were
undertaken. When so many of the wise and good of ages past have presented their solutions, it seems presumptuous to hope that any further light can be thrown on so profound a subject.
This little book grows out of an intense personal experience a fact which extenuates the presumption. Nineteen years ago, in college days, the author's mind was torn with doubt and perplexity over the doctrine of the atonement. The books I read, most of them standard works accepted by the Churches, and the sermons I heard, both liberal and orthodox, appealed neither to my reason nor my conscience. In fact, they left me in more hopeless confusion. They only thickened the mists. I well remember the mental despair into which I sank. For some years I avoided all reading on the subject; for