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UNIVERSAL SALVATION

AND

ENDLESS PUNISHMENT,

BETWEEN

E. MANFORD, Publisher Manford's Magazine,

Chicago, and
J. S. SWEENEY, Pastor of the First Congregation

of Disciples, Chicago.

* Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."--PAUL

CHICAGO:
ERASMUS MANFORD, PUBLISHER.

1875

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Entered According to Act of Congress, in the year 1870,

BY E. MANFORD, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Northern District of Illinoion

N T. SMITH, PRINT, CHICAGO

PREFACE.

There is a College in Kirksville, Mo., the President of which is a Disciple, one of the Professors is a Presbyterian, one a Methodist, one a Universalist — all ministers. Kindly they had often canvassed the points wherein they differed; and finally concluded to have an ORAL DISCUSSION in the Chapel of the College, on Universal Salvation and Endless Punishment, and secured the undersigned as the Disputants.

The Discussion was accordingly held, vast numbers listened to it with deep interest, and the following pages contain a report of the Debate.

E. MANFORD.

J. S. SWEENEY. CHICAGO, May, 1870.

ORAL DISCUSSION.

UNIVERSAL SALVATION.

Proposition First. THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT ALL WHO

LEAVE THIS WORLD SINFUL WILL FINALLY BE RECONCILED TO GOD, AND SAVED.

[MR. MANFORD'S FIRST SPEECH.] Gentlemen Moderators, Ladies and Gentlemen :

We have assembled to consider subjects of vast importance to us — to all. We know that we now live, and we are taught by revelation that we shall live forever. Mr. Sweeney, my opponent on this occasion, and myself admit this. But we differ widely, entirely, concerning the condition of mankind on the other side of the River. He. will affirm in this discussion, that part of our race will be doomed to suffer endless punishment, while I expect to affirm the final reconciliation and salvation of the world. The proposition we shall first consider, and to which we shall devote two days, I being in the affirmative, reads thus

The Bible teaches, that all who leave this world sinful will finally be reconciled to God, and saved.

It will be observed, that I do not affirm how or when this reconciliation is affected; only," that all who leave

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