The General Conference Volume 1

The General Conference Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ... The time has come for us all to offer respecting these matters the prayer of Father Taylor, " O Lord, deliver us from bigotry and bad rum: thou knowest which is worse, I don't." There are in the United States, according to the eleventh census, " 143 separate and distinct denominations; each having its own officers, organization, title, and peculiarities of belief and practice." This diversity of form in our church life is not in itself an unmixed evil. Variation in type and differentiation of members is the law of life for every living, growing thing. And the church of Christ in the United States is doubtless a richer, healthier, broader, more rational, more practical power to-day in consequence of this process of spontaneous variation and natural selection which has been producing and adapting particular denominations to meet peculiar needs. Still differentiation in this as in everything else, though an advantage, and even a luxury, is yet expensive. Only strong and populous communities can afford it. The city that can have one store for dry goods, one for groceries, one for boots and shoes, one for hardware, one for wood and coal, one for books, one for music, one for millinery, can very well afford to have one church for Baptists, one for Methodists, one for Congregationalists, one for Episcopalians, one for Presbyterians: and in both cases it is the better off for the variety. But the attempt to cut up business as fine as that in a country town would be ruinous. No one who has his own capital at stake in business would be enough of a fool to try the experiment. Have we any more right to use the Lord's money in providing these country communities with ecclesiastical luxuries which they never can afford to support...
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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 367g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236542746
  • 9781236542748