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him out at the * &ach of danger , of error , and evil ; whether he , * &n place him in » " kingdom that cannot be moved , " and give him < c an inheritance that cannot fade away . " If : he can aad has promised to do this , ouffht metaphysical sUbtilties and
speculations , which are often fallacious , and which may never practically exist , to interfere with the glorious hopes of the gospel ? Milton ' s Paradise Lost , though a cogent argument against the Orthodox , will not do here , the premises - not being admissible . Is it not a gratuitous asumption , to
contend , that because evil exists here , and is made productive of greater good , that therefore it must be equally necessary for beings of a different nature and under a -totally different constitution of things , where *• old things will have passed away , and all things become new , " where * there
shall be no more death , neither sorrow nor crying , " and ' * where God will wipe away all tears from all eyes * ? T ^ ere " moths shall not corrupt , nor thieves break through and steal , "
which conveys the idea that nothing can interfere with the security aim happiness of the righteous : for they shall be €€ incorruptible / ' 4 € heirs of God , and joint heirs with Christ , " and " as he lives , so they shall live
also , " " after the power of an endless life . " And , to give the most absolute assurance of security from " miscalculation , frailty and ill , " €€ God will be all in all . " Ought the cold and baseless speculations of metaphysicians
, in which no two persons are scarcely agreed , to be permitted to chill or becloud such transpprti&g prospects and assurances ? May I remind Mr . H . of the many persons who have undertaken to explain aad apply the rropheciea ? Their theories , however ( afferent , seemed to themselves , at least , clear and perfect : and wW fca& been their success ? So also with
t ^ metaphysiciaa : what greater waste w learning , time aod ingenuity has heen seen , than that displayed by the acuoolm en upon these plausible , but t * y nothings ? AffeJruthe greatest th ought and labour if . iaeither ct * se > «** e be one single error in « the i pte ± T m > can we feel coafident that vul
we have found out what GocL cfta do , oy what He - cannot do , throu ^ hi > ut eternity , wkh regard to the ; p ^ r ^ Bction and happiness of his creature ^? The fairness and candour of MrwjHT . are deserving of praise , an $ ^ toi ^ t lie will allow me still to urge , that Qpc ^ s permitting' or choosing * evi £ not * ; for its own , sake , or because he wi * s
tiader any necessity so to do , bufr a $ ^^ . means of producing greater good , $ 6 give tor his rational creatures the tuM * ments of knowledge and virttl ^ , ; jo make them wise by expeiieucei aiid ,
to fit them for a higher destiny , whedre ail will finally be made holy and happy , seems subject to the fewest dimcultie ^ , and sufficiently accounts for * appearances , and " justifies the ways * of God to men . " And when the .
elementary process is finished , when ' u ' we attain to the fulness of the ' sta-, ture of men ia Christ , " wheifwe a ? 6 come of age , then shall we leave the schodl of discipline , and e ^ ter lipdn the inheritance provided for the'sa&its * in light ; and though not by natnfre infinite or equal to God , shall rbe €€ pillars in Ida temple to go no mortem out . " DAVID EATON .
On tome veeenl Hypotheses of the Origin af Evil . 585
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JLewe ^ i Sir , August U 1823 . SHOULD hardly have pre&uined I to enter the lists of controversy
upon a question winch , in almost every age , h ^ s employed the pens of-the wisest and most intelligent ofmeny natoely , the introduction ofeyttuhder the government of a God ihfiniteljr wise and benevolent ; but some of
the arguments adduced , ( p . 378 , ) by your correspondent Mr . Hinton , aa well as those of Rus / wus , ( p- S 5 , ) to which he alludes , appear to ; me'to involve some difficulties so insuperable ; some necessary conclusions so ill-calculated to cherish that uilltDQited
confidence which is so justly due to the glorious attributes of the benevolent ^ Parent of the unirerse , from partial " evil stiB educio | r gooilj ^ ^ aaid so unhappily tenditig to ikduee th ^ appalling suspicion that wili mttf ^ il and moral , vvfth ftU their dfcmWting cousequenc ^ t - even bow , md < ever will through all eternHyi ^ ravqge ai ld aefece the fi ^ uWvewd W <*^ ; that I eannotresfet Ae temptatiT > tt Of iDflfer-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1823, page 585, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1789/page/25/