Excerpt from Discourses on Some Important Subjects of Natural and Revealed Religion: Introduced by a Short View of the Best Specimens of Pulpit Eloquence, Which Have Been Given to the World in Ancient and Modern Times
After the reformation, pulpit eloquence appeared in a more dignified and respect able light. It was vehement, scriptural, and learned. It had the glory of God, and the salvation of men at heart. Assisted by the hopes, as well as the terrors of a future state, it was mighty to the pulling down of the strong holds of Sin and Satan, and ﬂashed conviction in the face of the most thoughtless and obstinate Offender.
The reformation began in Germany, though the seeds of it had been sown long before in other countries, and vast talent was called forth in its defence; but we are not aware, that many models of fine preaching have been given by German divines. At least the fame of them has not reached this country.
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