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THE SUBJECT OF UNIVERSALISM,
LAPORT, LORAIN COUNTY, OHIO;
From July 29th, to August 6th, 1845 :
Rev. N. DOOLITTLE,
Universalist Minister of Akron, Ohio.
Rev. JOHN H. POWER,
Methodist Minister of Delaware, Ohio
MR. A. A. WHETMORE, Oberlin Ohio.
AND REVISED BY THE PARTIES.
Tribune Office Print.
9946 ، :D7
Hlaving carefully examined this discussion, as taken down by the Reporter, and compared it with our notes, &c. We say to the public that it is a fair and full exhibition of the arguments, facts, and documents used by us on the questions discussed.
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1846, by
Rev. J. S. POWER
In presenting the following Debate to the public, I deem it proper to mention, briefly, the circumstances which gave rise to it. During the exercises that followed the dedication of a House of Worship, erected by the M. E. Church, the Rev: D. TENNEY, Universalist Minister, took exceptions to some of the terms used by me in a public discourse on that occasion, and addressed me a note, from which I give the following:
"Dear Sir: I attended your lecture of lasti evening, and observed that you made the following statement:** That we were exposed to endless death-óthe death that never dies ;' and as you repeated it a number of times," &c. “Now, Dear Sir, permit me to enquire by what authority, you made that declaration.”
“I am exceedingly skeptical concerning your opinions. Perhaps you can enlighten me on the subject."
After acknowledging the receipt of the above noie, I re. plied: “I have considered the matter, and will now say. that, at the earliest day practicable, I will take occasion to lecture on the points of doctrine, named in your note, before this community:— of the time and place you shall have due notice.' From his reply to this, we give the fol.
"I propose that you procure some Minister, good standing in your Church, io hold an oral discussion wich a Minister of ihe Universalist Church, which I will procure. of like standing, to discuss the fundamental principles that divide the denominations."
To this I acceded, and the Rev. N. DOOLITTLE was an nounced on the part of the Universalists; and the Rev. J. H. Power, after being addressed by Mr. TENNEY, as weli as myself, on the subject, accepted the invitation to meet him and discuss the questions as stated in connection with the rules that governed the debate.
The subject was fully and ably discussed, and a faithful report is herewith presented to the reading public.