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SERIES OF LECTURES
DELIVERED IN THE
IN LOMBARD STREET, PHILADELPHIA,
IN THE AUTUMN OF 1818,
AND PUBLISHED AT THE REQUEST OF THE BRETHREN
ATTENDING IN SAID CHURCH.
BY ABNER KNEELAND.
“ And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR,
Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to wit:
Be IT REMEMBERED, that on the sixth day of November, in the forty-third year of the independence of the United States of Ame. rica, A. D. 1818, Abner Kneeland, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit: “ A Series of Lectures on the Doctrine of Universal Benevolence;
delivered in the Universalist Church, in Lombard Street, Philadelphia, in the Autumn of 1818; and published at the request of the Brethren attending in said Church. By Abner Kneeland. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
sent.' Jesus." In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned.”-And also to the act, entitled, “An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, “An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.”
THE reader will please to take notice that nothing more than the substance of these Lectures has been committed to paper; and, perhaps, in some parts they are more concise than could have been wished, as many of the illustrations, as well as some of the arguments, are omitted; but, as the principal object was to state the doctrine of universal benevolence, as believed by the author, rather than to defend it, if they are only so explicit as to be fully understood, this object is gained: and the reader is referred to Dr. Lardner's Letter concerning the Logos, Dr. Priestley's History of the Corruptions of Christianity, Dr. Taylor on Original Sin, &c. and also the writings of the Rev. Hosea Ballou, now of Boston, for a defence of the same.
A few extracts have been made from the above writings, which, it is believed, have enriched the Lectures, and which, it is hoped, will be the means of bringing those works more into notice, particularly in this place.
Not being much accustomed to writing, and making no pretensions to erudition in literature, it is to be hoped that any deficiency either in style or composition will be charitably overlooked: the main object has been to write so as to be understood.