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“The prejudice against religious controversy is irrational and hurtful.”—Dr. J. M.
“ The truth is usually elicited by conflict. Agreement is the result.”—Prof. Hodge.
“The evils of controversy are transient: the good it produces is permanent." -
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States
of the State of Pennsylvania.
BTEREOTYPED BY W. 8. HAVEN, PITTSBURGH, PA.
In conversation a number of years ago with an esteemed friend, the Rev. (now Dr.) JAMES LINN, of Bellefonte, Pa. the preparation of this work was first suggested. Three editions having been favorably received by the Christian public, the writer has been induced by the solicitations of honored brethren, to issue in an enlarged, and he hopes, improved form, a fourth edition.
The work has not only been carefully revised, but in a great measure re-written. Every where the argument has been extended, and he trusts, strengthened, especially by quotations from leading Arminian authorities. The Letter on “Imputed Righteousness" is entirely new, being necessary to complete the investigation of the “ Difficulties of Arminian Methodism." It has been the aim of the author to make his book, as far as possible, a full and satisfactory expose of the polemical weaknesses of modern Arminianism. For this end he has gone to the fountains, to the accredited authorities of Episcopal Methodism. It has been his earnest desire to make her best and ablest writers speak for themselves. In connection with Arminian errors, he has also given a concise statement of revealed truth.
An entirely new feature in the re-construction of this work, is the review of the “ Objections to Calvinism," a work highly eulogized by Bishop Simpson, of Pittsburgh. This book has been constantly by our side, its most important and objectionable characteristics have been fairly stated, and if we mistake not, fully invalidated; and in not a few instances, we trust, logically thrown back upon its author and indorsers.
In reading these “Objections to Calvinism," and indeed in every other work from the same general source, we are constantly reminded of Bishop Horsely's advice to his clergy, in his last charge: “ Take special care,” said he, “in aiming your shafts at Calvinism, that you · know what Calvinism is, * * * and that you can distinguish that which belongs to our common Christianity.” It is a curious circumstance, that in the “Refutation of Calvinism," one of his brother bishops, Tomline of Lincoln, assailed “ Justification by Faith,” as one of the monstrous doctrines of the Calvinistic theology! For this
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