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ATONEMENT.

SECTION I.-His exalted character and pre-existence-The Trinity,

evidences for and against it......

103

SECT. II.--The Atonement, what it is, and how we are recon-

ciled and saved by the Death of Christ ........ 123

SECT. III.-The death of Christ not vicarious Argument from

the Epistle to the Hebrews! 1. Christ a sacrifice

for sin; 11. Our Passover; III. Our Ransom; IV.

Redeems us from the curse of the Law; v. Bears

our griefs, is wounded for our trangressions.... 136

INTRODUCTORY.

All religions are founded upon a belief in a Deity, of some kind, superior in nature, or in power, to man. The moral force and value of any religion, in its influence on the believer, is in proportion to the degree of perfection which it ascribes to the Deity. Aristotle has somewhere said, in substance, that excellency in man depends on his acquaintance with something higher and better than himself; and the whole course of religious history illustrates the truth of the observation.

Where the religion is really believed, and exercises its legitimate influence on the believer, the moral and social results correspond to the character of the theology. “If the divinities, says a judicious writer, “ are represented as virtuous and noble, a corresponding excellence and greatness of soul, will be produced among the people, and this in proportion to their reverence for the objects of their adoration. But wherever the gods are imperfect or base, imperfection or baseness will belong to the worshippers.”

No other result can be looked for where the faith of the people is a living force in them, and acts directly on their feelings, character, and conduct. Hence it has been justly affirmed, that “religion will not be

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