The great drama, or, The millennial harbinger Volume 4

9781231200216: The great drama, or, The millennial harbinger Volume 4

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. 1878 Excerpt: ...farmer, who is so bigoted and self-conceited as to think he knows all there is to be known of farming--and all changes from the ruts of his ancestors is a sacrilege not to be tolerated on his premises! But although Ralph Ware was a conceited Presbyterian, yet he could not have been a consistent Calvinist, in that he was a progressive farmer, and lived out a Christianity more liberal than his church creed--for his neighbor says: "He was industrious, kind to his employees, just and equable in his dealings with them, ready to receive knowledge from books, periodicals, and individuals. And if a generous hospitality, intelligent industry, active and liberal support of the leading benevolent societies, and a full belief in the truths of the Christian religion, and a conscientious practice of Christian duties, should endear the memory of a man, surely he is entitled to a place in our memories." I say if farming can develop such a character even under the influence of the bigoted Presbyterian church, it is adapted to make men, in its practical influence over the character, even in spite of the church and its creeds of insane dogmas. He certainly was not so insane a man as he professed to be--totally depraved--if we are to judge of a man by his own actions or fruits, rather than his creed. "For the beautiful mansion and grounds, adorned by trees and shrubbery, the fine cattle and sheep of his stalls and pastures, the thousand trees of his orchard, bore ample testimony to his taste, his energy, and his industry." Let a man be a consistent Christian farmer as uncle Ralph seems to have been, and I rather think he will get into the kingdom of heaven, in spite of his total depravity doctrines, and the bigoted church influences of the Presbyterian chur...

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