Read online or download a free book: The Christian Review (Volume 6)
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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1841. Excerpt: ... Article III. METHODISM. Centenary Reflections on the Providential Character of Methodism. By Rev. Abel Stevens, A. M. pp. 32. New-York. 1840. This pamphlet is a eulogy upon Methodism. The writer is very happy in ascribing the rise and progress of this wonder-working scheme to Divine Providence. Probably there is one person in existence, who thinks it was equally providential that Mr. Stevens was raised up, just at the right time, to spread out before the world the excellences and glories of Methodism, at the termination of the first hundred years of its existence. We have read the pamphlet with some care, and must confess that we were not very much pleased with it. The style is too much like the declamation of a young academician. Facts in it have received an unnatural coloring, which might, we allow, arise from ignorance: but which savors of something else not quite so excusable. As an example, we quote from the first page the following sentence: 'After embodying in our ranks almost unequalled numbers, among whom have been men of singular greatness, such as are always alike the products and characteristics of a truly great cause: after, not only carrying the barriers which debarred us from equality with other sects, but placing ourselves in the front rank, we are closing our hundredth year.' It is well known by those acquainted with the subject, that in Great Britain the Methodists bear no proportion to the regular Dissenters, either in numbers or influence. In the United States, if statistics carefully taken are to be believed, the Methodists do not stand foremost. Let them labor 'with the exulting energies of young manhood,' and we will cheer them, and rejoice in all their success: but, at the same time, let us have the simple truth. The whole of this pamphlet seems to us to be w...
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