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THE

ATONING SACRIFICE,

A DISPLAY OF LOVE—NOT OF WRATH.

BY NOAH WORCESTER

But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us.

ST. PAUL.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the
propitiation for our sins.

ST. JOHN.

CAMBRIDGE:

HILLIARD AND BROWN.

1829.

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DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, to wit.

District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the nineteenth day of August, A. D. 1829, in the fifty-fourth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Noah Worcester of the said district, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit :

“ The Atoning Sacrifice, a Display of Love-not of Wrath. By Noah Worcester. • But God commerdeth his love towards us, in that, while we were

yet sinners, Christ died for us.'-St. Paul. • Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and

sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.'-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 during the times therein mentioned ;' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.”

“JNO. W. DAVIS, Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.

CAMBRIDGE: . W. METCALF AND COMPANY.

INTRODUCTION. .

The following passage from the Christian Spectator will show, under what perilous prospects the subsequent pages have been written :

“Even to discuss the subject of atonement is at the present, putting to hazard a man's good name, if not his standing in the church. If he departs from the beaten path, the cry of wanderer is raised. If he refuses to use old names and old forms of expression, he is in danger of being thought heretical. Scarcely can he venture even to discuss minor points relative to the subject, without finding some one to cry out against him. This is unfortunate in regard to discovering what is true, and discouraging to those who incline to pursue investigations of this nature. Still there are minds deeply enough engaged in this great cause, to venture upon the pursuit of what is scriptural, and upon the rejection of what philosophy has added to the Scriptures.”

These remarks are found in a review of the Rev. S. E. Dwight's Sermons on the Death of Christ. Report says that the review was written by a respected professor in one of our theological seminaries—by a man whose opportunities to know the state of feeling which he describes, have probably been far better than mine. I shall, therefore, not call in question the correctness of his testimony. But if it be true, I may say, that a state of feeling exists which I am unable to reconcile with either humility, candor, or benevolence,-a feeling too, which, so long as it shall prevail, must operate as an obstacle to impartial inquiry and to the progress of light. Admitting the truth of the state

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