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'A

TREATISE

ON

ATONEMENT,

IN WHICH

THE FINITE NATURE OF SIN IS ARGUED,
ITS CAUSE AND CONSEQUENCES AS SUCH ;
THE NECESSITY AND NATURE OF ATONEMENT;

AND ITS GLORIOUS CONSEQUENCES,

IN THE

FINAL RECONCILIATION OF ALL MEN

TO HOLINESS AND HAPPINESS.

BY HOSEA BALLOU,
Pastor of the Second Universalist Church and Society in Boston,
" Author of Notes and Illustrations on the Parables,”

“ Candid Review, &c."

" For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."

St. Paul.
" And there shall be no more death."

St. John.

THIRD EDITION;
To which is Prefixed a letter of the Author further declarative of his

views
upon

the same subject.

HALLOWELL: C. SPAULDING.

1828.

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DISTRICT OF MAINE, 88.

BE it remembered, that on this fifth day of June,

in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and L. S.

twenty two, and the forty sixth year of the Independ

ence of the United States of Ainerica, W. F. LAINE, of the District of Maine, has deposited in this Office, the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as Proprietor, in the words following, viz :-"A Treatise on Atonement ; in which the finite nature of sin

is argued ; its cause and consequences as such ; the necessity and “nature of Atonement ; and its glorious consequences, in the Final “ Reconciliation of all men to Holiness and Happiness. By Hossa “ Balloo ; author of “Notes and illustrations on the Parables," " " Candid Reyiew, &c."

" • For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made "alive.'

St. Paul. 6. And there shall be no more death.'

St. John." In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned ;" and also, to an act, entitled, “ An Act supplementary to an act, entitled, an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, dur. ing the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."

JO MUSSEY, Jux. Clerk of the District Court of Maing. A true copy as of Record.

Attest, JOHN MUSSEY, Jun. Clerk D. C. 4.

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A LETTER TO THE READER.

Christian Reader,

I KNOW it is frequently the case, when a person takes a new work in hand, he first casts his eye over the title page, and if he find no word on it that indicates perverse sentiments; and the name or denomination of the author be agreeable, he may think of having patience to read it; but, being something in a hurry, passes slightly over the preface, supposing it to be of little consequence. But what sensations may have struck your mind, on reading the title of this book, and finding it to be the intention of the author to prove the doctrine of universal holiness and happiness, through the mediation and power of atoning grace, I cannot say; however, I would invite you to read, with candor and attention, not only this letter, but the whole of the work, and make up your judgment afterwards.

Many circumstances might be mentioned, which, in their association, have induced me to write and publish the following treatise; but I can say, with propriety, that the central object was that, in which I always find the most happiness, viz. to do what I find most necessary, in order to render myself most useful to mankind.

I have, from my early youth, been much in the habit of inquiring into the things of religion, and religious sentiments; and have, for a number of years, seen or thought I saw, great inconsistencies, in what has, for a long time, passed for orthodoxy in divinity.

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