Excerpt from Redeemer and Redeemed: An Investigation of the Atonement and of Eternal Judgment
To the ancients, for example, Hades was the name of a sublime and awful reality, while we have lost both name and idea. In their View, Satan possessed a power of death over the inhabitants of Hades which was most real. But in modern thought, Satan is either denied or caricatured, or at best thrust into the back ground, in discussions of the atonement, and forgotten. The main ideas of antiquity involved in Christ's work are almost as completely erased from the human mind as if man had quaffed the waters of Lethe.
And the chief difficulty in giving an appreciative View of the theory of atonement of the ancient Church, is the lack of their customary, familiar, every-day ideas respect ing the matters involved. To prepare the way, then, a few elements of ancient thought will be mentioned, which we should endeavor to reproduce in our own minds. And first in respect to the place of the dead, or Hades.
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