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COMMENTS. Mr. Editor: The Rev. Dr. Shedd's article on Endless
Punishment, in the February number of the .review, is so skillful a
bit of dialectics, so accurate tnd clever in much of its reasoning,
and at the same time so full of unconscious self-portraiture, that
I can quite understand your determination to risk the publication
of such a paper in pages noteworthy otherwise for their
catholicity. The reverend gentleman handles his brief well, and if
he fails to convince me that everlasting damnation is a cheerful
creed, quite reconcilable with human ideas of the goodness of God,
it is not from any want of talent as, literally, a devil's
advocate. At the same time, I think he has a very bad case ?
unless, as I suspect, he is a sly humorist, and really means, in
his dry way, to express sympathy for the other side. I am reminded
of a famous dictum of Frederick the Great, uttered when this very
question was fluttering the ecclesiastical dove-cotes. " Let those
who believe in eternal damnation," he said, " be eternally damned,
as they hope and believe; but, in the mean time, let them leave
other more charitable people alone." I quite agree with Dr. Shedd,
that God is Eternal Justice; but on what possible ground does our
finite reason presume to fathom the ways in which that Eternal
Justice is to work t How is the Conditioned to postulate the
conduct of the Unconditioned, to show where finite sin ends and
infinite retribution begins t It seems to many of us that the great
saving strength of Christianity is its power to explain away the
very Nemesis that Dr. Shedd vaunts so boldly, to extend
indefinitely the area of human efforts toward regeneration, and to
show that, however harshly man's judgment may deal with social and
moral offenses, the judgment of God is something so very diff...
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