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THE NEW
PURITANISM

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PAPERS BY

LYMAN ABBOTT, AMORY H. BRADFORD
CHARLES A. BERRY, GEORGE A. GORDON
WASHINGTON GLADDEN, WM. J. TUCKER

DURING THE SEMI-CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

OF PLYMOUTH CHURCH, BROOKLYN, N. Y.

1847–1897

WITH INTRODUCTION BY

ROSSITER W. RAYMOND

NEW YORK: FORDS, HOWARD,
AND HULBERT * M DCCC XCVIII

COPYRIGHT, IN 1897,

BY

FORDS, HOWARD, AND HULBERT,

PUBLISHERS' PREFACE.

THE expansion both of knowledge and of wisdom in all departments of life during the Nineteenth Century has nowhere been more manifest than in religious matters. The general mental attitude in nearly all communions has changed, towards God and towards man. The result is an immense increase of vital interest, with a corresponding decline in mere formalism.

This is particularly noticeable in two directions. One is that, where formerly the more conscientious professing Christians would “read a chapter" in the Bible with a comfortable sense of duty done, now thousands, Christians and others, are studying those ancient scriptures with discrimination, yet with genuine delight in their treasures -of allegory, of biography, of history, of

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