Who said it?

It’s been around six weeks since our last ‘Who said it?’ competition, so probably time for another round (not that we need an excuse or anything). Here’s one from the archives:

‘Can it be just that God should bring beings into the world unprotected by an infinite armour of foresight against the infinite chances and temptations to wrong, and yet hold them liable to infinite punishment when they had gone wrong? … Punish a man for his sin, that is just; punish him for ages (if in that other world you can reckon time), that may be just; but make no end of punishing him for that sin, reduce him from a man to a devil and keep him there, let him become for ever vile, mainly because he was ignorant to start with, that is not just … Preach the eternal, unappeasable wrath of God upon lost souls and you offer men a devil to worship’.

So, who said it?

We’ll wrap it all up on Friday.


  1. This is a nice one, Jason. Although the response to your challenge might not have been great, it certainly drove me crazy. I knew I had read the quote before, but could not remember from where. It was eating me up. So I ploughed through R.J. Campbell, Samuel Cox, James Baldwin Brown, John Stuart Mill, John Hick etc. (OK, sometimes it was doing keyword searches on soft copies of their works, but that still takes effort.) Finally, I saw the light: P.T. Forsyth in his pre-“conversion” sermon, Mercy the True and Only Justice. Great – that’s what I get for letting you reproduce my copy of this sermon while we were together in St Andrews.
    But seriously, thanks for taking the effort to do this: It’s an opportunity to reacquaint myself with Forsyth, whom I have sort of neglected after my studies.


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