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Prest. A MAHAN, and Prot. E.: G FINNEY,
August, 184 7.
*THE DOOTRINE OF IMPERFECTION."
Examination of two important points in the work reviewed, 1–5. The
AN EXAMINATION OF THE REVIEW OF FINNEYS THEOLOGY.
Miscellaneous observations, 23–24. Explanations, 24-29. Points of agree-
SIMPLICITY OF NORAL ACTION.
Preliminary Remarks, 197—198. By a law of absolute necessity, what-
OBERLIN QUARTERLY REVIEW.
VOLUME III....No I.
“The Doctrine of Imperfection."
Lectures on the moral imperfection of Christians; designed
to show, that while sinless perfection is obligatory on all, it is attained by none: By Seth Williston, author of the Harmony of Divine Truth; a Vindication of the Doctrines of the Reformation, etc. New York, M. W. Dodd, 1846, pp 262.
By PRES. A. MAHAN.
The work above named is very highly commended by the advocates of the doctrine which it professes to elucidate and confirm. We do not review it, because that therein are found any new and important arguments against the doctrine it professes to overthrow, or in favor of that which it intends to establish. We have in view another and different end, an end which the reader will not fail to apprehend, as he progresses through the present article. Two paragraphs which we meet with in the preface demand special attention before we advance into the interior of the work itself. The first sets forth the intention of the author, in the publication of these Lectures. In the proclamation, either through the tongue or pen, of any particular doctrine, an individual always has in view some particular end, and that end, if intelligently pursued, can in no case be higher than the doctrine proclaimed as a means to that end, is intrinsically adapted to secure. No intelligent man, for example, would ever undertake to demonstrate the fact, that no individual ever did or ever will raise a certain weight, and aim to produce that conviction as a means