A Series of Letters to G. Cook on the Late Enactment of the General Assembly Relative to Patronage and Calls, Occasioned by His Recent Attack on That Measure in 'a Few Plain Observations'

A Series of Letters to G. Cook on the Late Enactment of the General Assembly Relative to Patronage and Calls, Occasioned by His Recent Attack on That Measure in 'a Few Plain Observations'

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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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ... influence of the congregation is far from being direct. It is strictly, as we have said, that of a check against abuse. All the partiality, therefore, which patrons may be supposed to cherish for the higher attainments of literature and science, will still remain as operative as ever. Another element will indeed be added, --an element most essential to the efficiency of the clerical character. They will find it necessary to take care that their presentees, along with those useful human acquirements, are possessed of an enlightened and operative piety, inciting' them to engage with ardour in promoting the spiritual interests of the immortal beings committed to their charge. But as you think lightly of the judgment of the people in estimating the clerical character, I must go further, and deny your premises. I aver that the people do, in general, judge correctly in this respect; and to supersede all abstract argument on the subject, I must just request you to look around over the face of the Church at this moment, and say who are the most popular and acceptable of our ministers?--who are the most popular and acceptable of our expectants? You cannot deny that they are the very individuals who concentrate in then own persons the greatest degree of worth and talent to be found In their respective stations. You have too much candour not to admit this. If you were required to point out among our clergy, I do not say merely the most assiduous and successful, but the most talented, learned, and worthy, you would find yourself compelled, in the impartial discharge of your task, to fix chiefly on those who are at the same time the most generally esteemed, even by the very lowest of their respective congregations; and if, from our clergy, you were to proceed...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236592131
  • 9781236592132