1814 An Essay on Enthusiasm; or An Enquiry into the Origin, and Cause, of the late Revival,  Among the Wesleyan Methodists
1814 An Essay on Enthusiasm; or An Enquiry into the Origin, and Cause, of the late Revival,  Among the Wesleyan Methodists
1814 An Essay on Enthusiasm; or An Enquiry into the Origin, and Cause, of the late Revival,  Among the Wesleyan Methodists
1814 An Essay on Enthusiasm; or An Enquiry into the Origin, and Cause, of the late Revival,  Among the Wesleyan Methodists
1814 An Essay on Enthusiasm; or An Enquiry into the Origin, and Cause, of the late Revival,  Among the Wesleyan Methodists

1814 An Essay on Enthusiasm; or An Enquiry into the Origin, and Cause, of the late Revival, Among the Wesleyan Methodists

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A Layman. An Essay on Enthusiasm; or An Enquiry into the Origin, and Cause, of the late Revival, [As it is called in these parts,] Among the Wesleyan Methodists. With Remarks on Mr. Riles' and Mr. Treffry's Pamphlets lately published; bound with A Sequel, to an Essay on Enthusiasm; or Mr. Truscott's Misrepresentations and Falacies [sic] Refuted. Redruth: Printed and Published by Anthony Mitchell, 1814. First Edition. Quarter calf with blue marbled boards, binding is recent and done in the period style, finely done. Recent former owner's signature on front paste-down, 5 x 8 inches, paper title label on front, both pamphlets with their own title page, same imprint and date. 24, 4 (Remarks); 22 clean and unmarked pp., new laid paper end papers. Very good. Hardcover.  [4275] 

Both pamphlets have only two holdings at WorldCat, both in Great Britain.

Redruth is a town in Cornwall, England. The revival there of 1814 was promoted through the ministry of William Carvosso. The author states, in the Remarks, that due to "one of the greatest impositions on the public, which has occurred for these 200 years, in this Country 5,000 people have seceded from the Church; can any Clergyman so far compromise his duty with his ease as not to sound and alarm throughout the Land, when his charge is subject to such daily encroachments from the enemies of the Church?"

Our anonymous author warns his readers about the dangers of Methodist enthusiasm. "We may be assured, there is no true Religion in superstition or enthusiasm God is a Spirit, and they who worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth: there is no devotion in ravings, wallowings on the ground, shrieks and groans, dancing, and other absurd gesticulations: true Religion is pure and then peaceable, and we are enjoined by St. Paul in our worship, whether public or private, to do all things decently and in order....There is nothing more imposing on common people than enthusiasm, it can be easily excited, it knows no bounds, it wears an imposing exterior, and is capable of deceiving the very elect." - p. 4.

The author states the Whitefield and Wesley both warned against such excesses as the new Methodist preachers were promoting. He contrasts their doctrines and practices with that of the Church of England, particularly on the topics of the Direct Witness of the Spirit, Regeneration, Conversion, and Assurance.