Southern Methodist Review Volume 3, No. 2

Southern Methodist Review Volume 3, No. 2

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ... denominations to work out their destiny under the guidance of the same Providence which gave them separate existence? Should the time come when their consolidation would be for their own good and for the glory of Grod, we may depend upon it that a train of providential circumstances will secure this result. And instead of laboring to precipitate union, would it not be wiser for all parties to cultivate those conditions of fraternity and brotherhood which must necessarily precede the final consummation? Union, if it ever exists, must come as the result of the moral affinity which tends to draw Christian people nearer together, and cannot be brought about by the action of synods or conventions. No serious attempt has been made to show that the existence of the Church in several branches has been of disadvantage to the cause of religion. The evidence is wanting which goes to prove that, as an organic whole, it would have accomplished more than it has gained as several distinct connections. However great the antagonism of rival sects, they have not prevented each other from making converts and gaining prestige in almost every country where introduced. Some Churches, indeed, have exhibited greater vitality, and maintained a higher standard of morality, in seasons of adversity than during times of general prosperity. Opposition, and even persecution, has not proved itself unfavorable to the growth, piety, and aggressiveness of a Christian community. The murderous policy of Rome toward the Waldenses did not prevent them from maintaining a standard of piety which has gained the admiration of the religious world. Her excommunication of Luther and his followers did not for a moment check the progress of the Reformation, but rather roused the more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236540905
  • 9781236540904