The Missionary Herald Volume 35

The Missionary Herald Volume 35

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...of civilized and liberal ideas among men in power, all which will gradually have their natural effect upon the popular mind. We shall be excused for mentioning them, although it will at once be seen that all these changes are probably so many steps which will eventually prepare the way for the free and triumphant progress of the gospel. Conversation with Dervishes--Marine Schools--Mohammedan Students. One of our number lately visited two or three convents of dervishes, and was politely received by their elders and the fraternity. They explained that the views of their sect on the advantage of becoming dervishes was to arrive at a state of perfect divine love; and that some strove for what is called union with God; that the ceremonies of howling and whirling, as performed by some dervishes, had a meaning that no words can express; that a whirler, after some minutes of revolutions, arrives at that state which is nearest like divine love, although there is a dispute whether any one actually reaches that perfection. They confessed that the revolutions, as performed by a company of dervishes, were often executed with no meaning attached to them, other than as having been the means by which the founder of any sect had arrived at his own degree of piety, and therefore they imitate him. When they were told that in the churches of American Christians there were no pictures or statues, they could hardly believe it It was attempted to show them the impossibility of any one's finding out God, except through Christ, when one of their number broke out into a most ludicrous tirade against the idea of making pictures of God, whom no man hath seen, and who is a spirit, and against falling down before pictures. They were told that none of the more

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  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 676g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236938038
  • 9781236938039