In my recent letter, in reply to Mr.—, I promised to...

Sevenoaks (Eng.) Chronicle

In my recent letter, in reply to Mr.—, I promised to explain, with your permission, some of the many things another clergyman wanted to know. At the same time I cannot possibly cover all this critic's ground, for I have preference, as I think I have shown, for making good my contentions as I go on, instead of filling columns with assertions and questions on every theological problem which has perplexed human intelligence,—from Gnosticism to Arianism, and from Christian healing to the atonement.

This clergyman, for instance, refers casually to the atonement, as if it was a doctrine on which orthodox theology was united. Of course it is nothing of the sort. A distinguished member of the critic's own church not long ago stated, in an orthodox journal, no less than four modern views, as he termed them, of this dogma, for the purpose of adding a fifth one of his own. It is a little unreasonable, I cannot help thinking, of Mr.— to demand from me whether Christian Scientists agree with the orthodox teaching of the atonement, when I am perfectly certain he cannot tell me what that teaching is.

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