Southern Methodist Review Volume 3, No. 3

Southern Methodist Review Volume 3, No. 3

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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. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...should be preserved and perpetuated without mixture of fable. It is to be feared that the apathy of which we speak is in part owing to an over estimate of the present compared with the past. Our early history is regarded as less attractive, somewhat rustic, if not semi-barbarous. Judging, however, from the character of the ministry in that day and in the present, which will perhaps be the fairest test, we are strongly inclined to think the past will suffer nothing in comparison with the present. In many respects it would be well for the church to have such a ministry as she h ad forty or fifty years ago. When we look at the elements of intellectual strength and moral grandeur found in the ministry then, to whom would you point at the present day, as those on whom their mantle had fallen? We would not say they are not to be found. It is not intended to intimate that the present ministry of the church is unworthy or incompetent, in view of their high vocation. What is meant is that the primitive Methodist preachers who founded and nurtured the church, were a body of men preeminently worthy the mission on which they were sent, and that such claim is undoubted, whether we take into account their intellectual rank in the ministry, or the christian worth and moral heroism, the controlling sense of duty rather than interest, by which they were so generally distinguished. These various reasons are urged why their history should, as far as practicable, be recovered and preserved. The most striking characteristic of history is that it is not limited to its subject as it regards any specific portion of time or space, but is essentially successive and variant in relation to the one and the other; confining attention to the subject of its details, more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236970306
  • 9781236970305