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HOPKINSIAN MAGAZINE.

VOL. IV.

JANUARY 31, 1832.

NO. 1.

THE HOPKINSIAN MAGAZINE.

With the present number, our periodical enters on its eighth year. This is an age, to which few publications of the kind, in this country, have arrived. It becomes us gratefully to acknowl. edge "the good hand of God,” which bas sustained us under the labours, sacrifices, and discouragements, with which the work has been conducted. And while we are sensible that our pages have been less instructive and interesting than they would have been, if we had possesed greater ability, enjoyed more leisure, and received more aid from those who were well able to afford it; still we indulge the hope, that the original design of this publication, las been, in some degree, attained. Something, we trust, has been done, towards stating, explaining and proving that system of scriptural doctrines and duties, which had obtained the name of Hopkinsian. If this has edified and confirmed some; we would Hatter ourselves it has enlightened and convinced others. It must bave been perceived that the Hopkinsian system, while, on the one hand, it shuns the first principle of Arminianism—that of a self determining power, or "the efficiency of man in all his moral actions”-it avoids, on the other hand, the three capital absurdilies of modern Calvinism, viz. the imputation of Adam's sin to his descendants ; the natural inability of men to do what God requires ; and an atonement made for the elect only. It is presumed some bave discovered, that Hopkinsianism is, indeed, muchì the mildest, and the only consistent form of Calvinism. It is not unlikely, that some may have found themselves in the predicament of an aged Minister of the Old Colony,' a few years since ; who had conceived a strong prejudice against the writings of Dr. Hopkins, which he had never read; but upon being persuaded by a clerical brother, to peruse a volume of the Dr.'s works, exclaimed, “If this be Hopkinsianism, I have been a Hopkinsian these twenty years

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A DIALOGUE

BETWEEN A CALVINIST AND A SEMI CALVINIST.

The fulluwing Dialogte was inserted in the Life of Jur. Hop. kins, written princi, ally by himsif, and published sin after his death. That interesting and valuable work is now out of print, and probabiy has not been scen by many oí our readers. The life of Dr Hop In bas recently bein re-written, and published in an abridged forin;, from which the Dialogue, as well as some of the peculiar sentiments of the venerable ai thor, bare been tcluded. We hav.. ever considered this Dialogue as one of the Dr.'s most able and useful productions, with which we wish allor readers may be acquainted, and with which, at the siggestion of an esteemed correspondent we are happy to enrich our pages.- ED. Semi-Cruis!

Sir, I have wanted, for some time, to talk with you about the notion, which some lately advance, viz: That ehristians may, yea, that they ought, and must be willing to perish fori ver, in order to be christians. Ths is a shocking doctrine to me: For I beli ve it absolutely impossible for any one to be willing to be eternally wretch'd; and, if it were possieke, it would be very wicked; for we are commanded to do that which is directly contrary to this, viz: to desire and seek to escape damnation, and to be saved; as all our most considerable and best diviues lave taught, which I could easily prove, were it necessary.

Calvinisl. - can decide nothing upon this mattis until I know what is meant by being willing to be in serole forever, by those who assort this, of you, wh) 0,1, 05P it. Let me then ask

Do you suppose that by bring willing to ba miserable is meant a being plased with damnation, or choosing to be miserable forever, for ils our sale or in itself con«i'ered; and preferring misery, eternal misery, and beina juist as ibe damned will be, to eternal happiness, and being just as the blessed will be forever, considering the form

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er as being in itself better than the latter ? This is doubtless impossible, and if it were not, would be very unreasonable and wicked. And I question whether any one ever believed this, or meant to assort it, by saying that christians ought to be willing to perisha forever, But if by being willing to be cast off by God forever, be meant, that however great and dreadful this evil is ; yet a christian may and ought to be willing to suffer it, if it be necessary in order to avoid a greater eril; or to obtaio an overbalancing good, if such a case can be supposed : This, I think, is true, and ought to be maintained, as essential to the character of a cbristian ; and that the contrary doctrine is dangerous and hurtful. For it is esSantial to true benevolence to prefer a greater good to a less, and a less evil to a greater, and that whether it be private or public god or evil; or his own personal good or evil; or that of others.

Semi. I am unable to conceive what you mean by “ a greater evil, than et rnal damnation, or a greater good' to be promoted by this evil. Is not this the greatest of all evils ? And what good is lett for him, who is doomed to eternal misery ? I grant that a man may, and ought to subject himself, in many cases, to a less evil, in order to avoid a greater, or to obtain a greatly overbalancin: 2001; but in the proposed case all good is lost forever, awl the greatest possible evil takes place, and nothing but evil, wi, huit eod.

Cil. Is not the damnation of millions a greater evil than the dam ation of a single person? And is not the eternal happiness of mitous a greater good, than that of one individual ? This I know rou will grant. Supposing it were necessary for one indivitual tu bi miserable Corever in order to save a million from this misery; and by his subjecting himself to this, they would all be savs from this evil, and be eternally hapny : ought he not to be willing to perish, in such a case and on this supposition ? And if ho should not be willing to give himself up to this evil, to save a mision from it, and to make them eternally happy, would he not prrar a nullion times greater evil to one a million times less; and choose a milhon times less good and prefer it to one a million times gratis? And if this is not unreasonable and wicked, and directly contrary to true benevolence, what can be ?

Soni. This is making an impossible supposition. The damnation of one man cannot save one, inuch less a million.

Cole. I grant it is an impossible supposition ; but it nevertheless serves to show that there may be a greater evil than the damWation of one individual; a good that will overbalance a million. times, the evil of the damnation of one man ; and that on supposit on, this ar atrrevil can be avoided, and the overbalancing good obtained, by the damnation of one man, and can be done no other war, then it is desirable he should be damned, and he ought to be willing, and to choose it. St. Paul makes this same supposition, when he says; I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ, for my brethren, my kinsmen, according to the flesh,' and

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