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alunos is derived,' and as the signification of the substantive of which it is the adjective.' To prove this he refers to several passages in Homer, where unquestionably aw signifies life. On this narrowed basis he supports the idea of limited duration. It would not however be difficult to shew that, in the majority of instances, in classical as well as scriptural authorities, it is employed to denote proper eternity; and that in its application to existences of limited duration, it is not the quality of limitation that is denoted by the term, or that is a prominent idea in the complex thought of which it is the symbol. The correct definition of awy seems to be that of duration indefinitely, or continued existence; its etymology obviously suggests the idea ; and as the general exposition of its meaning, it will be found to include all the special and more restricted applications. For this definition we have the authority of Aristotle. Speaking of the celestial intelligences, he says, they are without

change or infirmity, and possessing a most excellent and satis. fying life, they continue through all eternity.' (dial:Neī tos a nayla ALTNA) 'I'hen follows a remarkable passage, including a definition founded on the obvious etymology of the term. . For this word has bəen divinely spoken by the ancients : For • the consummation containing the time of every life not su

pernatural is called its age : (its period of duration) For the same reason, the consummation of the whole heaven, and the

consummation containing the unlimited duration, and the im'mensity of all things is eternity deriving its name from always being-immortal and divine.' (Lib. I. Cæl. c. x.)

It is a welí founded rule in critical interpretation that every term be taken in its proper sense, except there be something in the subject or connexion which requires an improper or figurative explanation. But this can appear only by proving that the subject is incapable of the former explanation. When

everlasting punishment is directly opposed to everlasting life, to the contrast-fixes at once the meaning of the term, and proves the perpetuity of both states to be alike unlimited.

Here a natural question suggests itself---what is the impression which would be fixed on the mind of an unbiassed reader of the New Testament, one totally ignorant of the controversy in question, by its uniform scope and language on this subject? He would find the same duration applied to the state of the impenitent which is attributed to the happiness of the righteous. He would meet with incidental allusions to the former subject of tremendous import; and he would find noithing to encourage the hope of any alteration of that sentence which the judge of all will pronounce at the last day. We are persuaded that the impression would directly contradict the

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scheme of universal restitution. There is one passage which, in the present case, appears to us peculiarly decisive. It is the awful language of the Saviour concerning Judas : it had been good for that man if he had not been born.' Now extend the idea of waww.os---E15 TON. KIWO as far as we can, if the terms do not convey the notion of future 'unlimited duration, that duration bears no assignable proportion to the eternity that will follow. It will therefore ultimately be good even for Judas, that he had been born. But this is in direct opposition to the solemn assertion of Jesus Christ himself. The difficulty is honestly confessed by Dr. E.; and his explanation is evidently unsatisfactory to himself. « Till more satisfactory answers be given? he says, I am willing that the difficulty should remain, und be resolved into our ignorance. (P. 184.) This extorted concession is fatal to the scheme, and pronounces its condemnation.

In many parts of the volume before us, the author makes pathetic appeals to our feelings. It requires no penetration to perceive that such subterfuges are totally inadmissible where the language and conduct of God are concerned. If they prove any thing, they prove too much. It would not be difficult to make the same appeals to the advocates of restitution on behalf of an hypothesis that should assert there is no future punishment at all: and on Dr. E's. principles the appeal in this case would as successful as his own. Let his own account already cited (p. 170) be seriously considered, and if man is to be the judge of the degree of punishment apportioned to his deserts, we might address the “ children of frailty' in the same style of impassioned and sentimental eloquence which this soothing teacher of religion so frequently adopts. We might recommend the new scheme as the cure of infidelity and favourable to the general reception of Christianity;' as removing every thing terrific from the religion of the Bible, and infallibly securing an immense multitude of converts. Were Dr. E. to reason about the necessity of punishment in some form and to a certain extent, we night remind him of his own distinction between sin and the sinner, the quality and the person,' (p. 204.) and as the former only can be the object of detestation, the person of a sinner ought not to suffer for a mere “ quality!" But we must leave the Doctor and his unmeaning abstractions, and enter our solemn protest against a system which is thus, in the furv of its imaginary benevolence, subversive of all the admonitions and denunciations of the sacred volume; which nourishes the fatal hope of impunity; and reduces to an unmeaning chimera the awful sanctions of the divine law. Vol. X.

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It was our intention to have adverted to the affected, the sickening sensibility of this slender volume. We designed also to notice the frequent attempts of the author to represent persecution as receiving its vital principle from the doctrine which he opposes. And yet, judging from the virulence of the party, we should have considerable apprehensions, if the legislature of these kingdoms were to be new-modelled by a Socinian faction. While they are very tolerant towards infidels, they are outrageously rancorous against those who are often contemptuously termed evangelical preachers.' As a proof of this we need only to advert to the last discourse of this volume. Dr. E. in the zeal of his charity asserts that British and Gallican catholics disclaim the principle of persecution : but from this commendation' he excludes a considerable number of those who in the established church ! assume to themselves the exclusive character of evangelical preachers ;' and a

large proportion of the evangelical sectaries. We have neither leisure nor inclination to expose the absurdity of this ungenerous imputation ; but must leave it to be refuted by the zealous exertions, and active benevolence of the calumniated party.

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