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Author:
Thayer, Thomas B.

e-Sword Version:
9.x - 10.x

THE



ORIGIN AND HISTORY



OF THE



DOCTRINE OF ENDLESS PUNISHMENT



BY

THOMAS B. THAYER



Prove all things. Hold fast that which is good
. --- PAUL



New and Enlarged Edition

Boston:

Universalist Publishing House,

No. 37 Cornwill



Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1855, by

James M. Usher

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts



Stereotyped by

HOBART & ROBBINS,

New England Type and Stereotype Foundry,

BOSTON



 

CONTENTS.



CHAPTER I.

THE PERIOD BEFORE THE LAW.


No Law announced to our First Parents with the Penalty of Endless Punishment annexed

Not revealed in the History of their Transgression, nor in that of Cain, the Deluge, or Sodom and Gomorrah





CHAPTER II.

THE PERIOD UNDER THE LAW.


SECT. I. - Endless Punishment not taught by Moses in the Law; - nor is it mentioned anywhere in the Bible

History of the Jews

SECT. II. - Testimony of Orthodox Critics and Theologians to this Point

SECT. III. - Old Testament Doctrine of Hell, Sheol

SECT. IV. - General Application of the Argument

SECT. V. - Objections to the foregoing Argument answered
 

CHAPTER III.

ENDLESS PUNISHMENT OF HEATHEN ORIGIN.


SECT. I. - Description of the Heathen Hell, its Location, Inhabitants and Punishments; compared with Church Doctrine

SECT. II. - The Doctrine Invented by Heathen Legislators and Poets; Shown by their own Confession

Its Egyptian Origin
 

CHAPTER IV.

THE JEWS BORROWED THE DOCTRINE FROM THE HEATHEN.


The Historical Argument on this Point
 

CHAPTER V.

ENDLESS PUNISHMENT NOT TAUGHT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.


SECT. I. - Salvation of Christ not from this

SECT. II. - New Testament Doctrine of Hell

SECT. III. - Unquenchable Fire; how used in the Scriptures; how used by Greek Writers

SECT. IV. - Everlasting, Eternal, and Forever, not Endless

Testimony of Lexicographers and Critics

Usage of Greek Authors

Scripture Usage

SECT. V. - The Second Death



CHAPTER VI.

THE INTRODUCTION OF THE DOCTRINE INTO THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.


The general Corruption of the early Church

First Appearance of the Doctrine - its Form

First
, The Wicked not raised from the Dead, or Under-world

Second
, Raised and Punished

Third
, Future Punishment ending in Annihilation

Fourth
, Endless Punishment

Condemnation of Universalism, and Endless Punishment decreed Orthodox, A.D. 553



CHAPTER VII.

THE DOCTRINE CREATES A CRUEL AND REVENGEFUL SPIRIT - ILLUSTRATED FROM HISTORY.

Influence of Faith on Character

Tertullian's Exultation

Catholic Crusades against the Albigenses

Massacre of St. Bartholomew

The Catholic Inquisition

The Spanish Inquisition; its Influence on Society; Note

The Influence not confined to Catholic Believers of the Doctrine
 

CHAPTER VIII.

THE COMPARATIVE MORAL INFLUENCE OF BELIEF AND DISBELIEF OF ENDLESS PUNISHMENT - HISTORICAL CONTRAST.


Its Influence on the Morals of the Heathen; Greeks, Romans, Burmans

The Character of the Pharisees and Sadducees contrasted in reference to this Point
 

CHAPTER IX.

THE INFLUENCE OF THE DOCTRINE ON THE HAPPINESS OF ITS BELIEVERS - ILLUSTRATED FROM THEIR OWN CONFESSIONS.


Testimony of Saurin, Stuart, Barnes, Henry Ward Beecher



CHAPTER X.

ADDITIONAL TESTIMONIES ON THE QUESTIONS DISCUSSED IN THE PRECEDING CHAPTERS.


Astonishing!  How wrong can one be?


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