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The doctrine of eternal punishment, and the beliefs which seem to make it an essential doctrine of Christianity, had really lost their foundation so long ago as the Civil War in America. While there are in all parts of the country, and more especially in the South, men who boast of their belief, in even literal forms of future and eternal punishment, the tendency throughout the land is to let the doctrine drop quietly into the background. While it is not denied, it is not advocated. While it is on formal occasions assented to, it is never forcibly presented. It will never be disproved, because no one can disprove a fact which lies in the future. It cannot be argued down, because there is always the possibility of asserting that there is an infinite Being who is capable of governing in that way; but, when once a generation has grown up unfamiliar with the doctrine, it will quietly take its place with witchcraft, possession of the devil, and other delusions and half-truths of former ages.

The Christian Register.

October 14, 1905

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