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Title: To the Rev. J. L. Boyd
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DEAR SIR:-Judging from your silence in last week's Republican, I conclude that your controversy with "Justice" is at an end, and being favorably impressed with your ability and disposition to carry on a discussion, I respectfully invite you to go with me into a written discussion of the truthfulness of that doctrine you and your creed so earnestly contend for, to-wit: the doctrine of "Endless Punishment," through the columns of the Warren Republican, provided the publishers consent to publish the same. I make this advance to you, earnestly believing that some good would result from such investigation.

If the doctrine of Endless Punishment to any of the human family be true, that fact is terribly awful, and how much more so then, if it be true that the great majority of God's intelligent creation are to be endlessly lost! You profess to believe this doctrine of endless punishment, and you certainly preach it to your hearers; will you then not defend it in a written discussion? You cannot consistently do otherwise; because the believer in so terrible a doctrine should cry aloud by day and by night, to warn the unwary from the firey pit. No excuse for not doing so, can possibly be justifiable.

I propose, my Brother, that we each write twelve letters of a column's length, or as nearly so as we can guess at it--yours to be in favor of the doctrine of Endless Punishment, and mine against that doctrine. If you agree to this proposition, our first step will be to consult the publishers of this paper and obtain their consent to appear in their columns, in the proposed debate. I am confident that such a discussion will be eagerly perused, and favorably received by our readers.

Be so kind, my dear sir, as to reply at your earliest conveniance.


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Date: 3/25/1869
Origin: Warren Republican
Record ID: 00002011
Type: Marriage
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Clippings scrapbooks
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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