Retribution and Reason – Francis L. Patton

[W]hen men abandon belief in the retributive justice of God, they give up the strongest reason for the incarnation; and when this reason ceases to have weight with them, belief in the incarnation will not long survive…To give up the doctrine of retribution is to abandon the elements of Christianity which give it worth. – Francis L. Patton, Fundamental Christianity, 282.

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