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THE

SCRIPTURE DOCTRIN E

OF

REGENERATION.

Charkslanthes
By Rev. C. W. UPHAM.

PRINTED FOR THE

American Unitarian Association.

BOSTON:

JAMES MUNROE & co. 134 WASHINGTON STREET.

SEPTEMBER, 1840.

Price 4 Cents.

I. R. BUTTS, PRINTER, SCHOOL STREET.

REGENERATION.

For several years past, there has been a respite from the theological controversies which for a long time before had occupied the attention of the churches and people of this part of the country.

It becomes us now to pause, and contemplate the condition in which it has left the religious community. Such a review will be very encouraging to the friends of rational Christianity. It will show a great progress of truth.

When this controversy began, the prevailing system of theology in the churches was Calvinistic. It recognised the doctrine of election, with its accompanying tenets such as the irresistible influence of the spirit, and the impossibility of falling from grace; the imputation of Adam's sin, upon the whole body of his descendants, and the inability of all, except the elect, to escape from its fatal influence. In the earlier stages of the controversy, these doctrines were advocated with great energy, as the essential principles of orthodoxy, and the peculiar and

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