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THE Rev. W. L. MACCALLA, A PRESBYTERIAN TEACILEN,
LELD T WASHINGTOX, KY, COMMENCING OY TIE 15TIL AND TERME
NATING OF TIE 21st Oct. 1823, IN THE PRESENCE OF A VERY
DIFFERENT TRE.ITISES ON THE SAME SLBJECT,
DR. J. MASON, DR. S. RALSTON, REV. E. POND, REV. J.
TIE REV. J. VALKER.
BY ALEXANDER CAMPBELL.
1. There are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially
District of Virginia, west of the Allegheny Mountains, to wit :
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twenty-second day of April, A.D. 1824, in the 48th year of the Independence of the United States of America, A. CAMPBELL, 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:
“A Debate on Christian Baptism between the Rev. W. L. Maccalla, a Presbyterian teacher, and Alexander Campbell, held at Washington, Ky. commencing on the 15th and terminating on the 21st Oct. 1823, in the presence of a very numerous and respectable congregation. In which are interspersed and to which are addeıl Animadversions on different treatises on the same subject, written by Dr. J. Ma801, Dr. S. Ralston, Rev. E. Pond, Rev. J. P. Campbell, Rector Armstong, and the Rev. J. Walker, by Alexander Campbell.
“ There are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision ; teaching things which they ought not for filthy lucre's sake; whose mouths must be stopped.-Paul.”
In conformity to the Act of 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 of the 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 benefit thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints.'
J. WEBSTER, (SEAL.]
Clerk of the District of Virginia west of
the Allegheny Mountains.
QtOur intention in securing the copy-right is not to prevent
A. CAMPBELL. .
DISTINGUISHED for their general intelligence, their patriotism, their love of civil and religious liberty, and their courteous regard to the laws of hospitality; the following statement of the discussion, recently held in their State, is gratefully inscribed by the writer, as a small token of his grate; ful remembrance of their kind attention and hospitality towards him while attending the conference herein presented, and during the time he spent in riding through their state. That they may ever enjoy the blessings of civil and religious liberty, a Scriptural knowledge of the doctrine of salvation, and the peculiar felicity which flows from a course of life regulated by the faith of the Gospel, and the hope of immortality, is the unfeigned wish of their friend,
and obedient servant,
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Any other literal errors are so easily detected as not to affect the
It is long since religious controversy began. The first quarrel that arose in the human family was about religion; and since the proclamation “I will put enmity between thy seed and her seed,” the controversy has been carried on by different hands, by different means, and with various success. It is the duty of the Christian, and has ever been the duty of the saint, to contend for the truth revealed, in opposition to
From the days that Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses down to the present time, every distinguished saint has been engaged in controversy. The ancient prophets, the Saviour of the world, and his holy apostles, were all religious controversialists. The Saviour's life was one continued scene of controversy and Debate with the scribes, the elders, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and with the established priesthood of
The apostles were noted disputants and the most successful controversialists that ever lived. Paul, the apostle, was more famous in this department than Alexander, or Buonaparte, in the field. Whether a Stoic, or an Epicurean philosopher, a Roman orator, a Jewish high priest, or a Sadducean teacher encountered him, he came off victorious and triumphant. Never was he foiled in battle, never did he give back; the sword which he wielded, and the arm which directed it, proved resistless in the fight.
There are not a few who deprecate religious contro versy as an evil of no sinall magnitude. But these are either the ill-informed, or those concious that their principles will not bear investigation. So long as there is good and evil, truth and error in this world, so long will there be opposition; for is is in the 12