Excerpt from The Church of England Pulpit, and Ecclesiastical Review, Vol. 23: January to June, 1887
Sir, - I beg leave to submit a few observations on the reference made by Mr. Edmund Lawrence to my comments on his previous communication. He says his ideas and mine rather traverse than contradict each other.
It seems to me that his anticipations as to the destinies of the intelligent creation differ from mine nearly as much as light differs from darkness, unless I have misunderstood his meaning. He believes that the universe will, during interminable ages, present a chequered scene of the most painful contrasts which the imagination can 'portray; as there is nothing more repugnant than the idea of rapturous gaiety or pompous luxury, in the vicinity of squalid poverty, starvation, madness, or crime. I believe, on the con trary, that all the races brought into existence through out the boundless extent of the universe, will be trained for immortality by methods that shall reveal. With increasing glory the grand attributes of the Deity, and that not a single individual will be aban doued to remediless darkness, depravity, and misery. I believe the first fruits of His creatures - the elect -the chosenl - the real Church of the Living God will in all regions of intelligent life, and throughout the infinite series of ages, have an active participation in the grand measures of universal good.
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