Phrenology Known by Its Fruits; Being a Brief Review of Doctor Brigham's Late Work, Entitled "Observations on the Influence of Religion Upon the Health and Physical Welfare of Mankind."

Phrenology Known by Its Fruits; Being a Brief Review of Doctor Brigham's Late Work, Entitled "Observations on the Influence of Religion Upon the Health and Physical Welfare of Mankind."

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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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...President Edwards of "a strong tendency to fanaticism-in early life;" and against John Wesley he brings the same formidable qbjection, "He early exhibited a tendency to fanaticism," and he classes these gifted and evangelical men, together with Whitfield, among " religious enthusiasts and fanatics," and talks of their " early enthusiasm having increased to extravagant fanaticism!" Who that is acquainted with the history of these men of God, can fail to be amazed at the temerity and depravity which is implied in such injustice and censoriousness. Having alluded to the spirit of unkindness and unfairness with which Edwards is treated by the author, we are here called to notice a similar want of candor towards Mr. Wesley. From the works of that great and good man, a narrative of a "revival of religion" is selected, which, because it was extraordinary in many of its features, is detailed by Wesley with great minuteness. The reader, who is not acquainted with the history of the labors of that distinguished and successful minister, might conclude, from this detached quotation, that the "outcries, falling," &c., here described, were common and frequent attendant circumstances upon his preaching, and that Mr. W. regarded these as essential to a revival. Indeed, all the accounts given in this book, are such as described irregularities, unusual in their occurrence, and are by no means regarded by the narrators as necessary, or even characteristic of revivals. Such, however, is the impression this book is designed to make, for no instance of the " spe cial influence of the Holy Spirit" is here referred to, except only such as can be made to serve the purpose of...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236846044
  • 9781236846044