Bolles, James A. The Revival System
Bolles, James A. The Revival System
Bolles, James A. The Revival System

Bolles, James A. The Revival System

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Bolles, James A. The Revival System: A Sermon. Preached the first Sunday in Lent, February 21st, 1858. Cleveland: Steam Press of Pinterton & Nevins, 1858. First Edition. Green printed wrapper, wrapper soiled, old dampstain on the tp and first few leaves, rest clean, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, old oval ink stamp "Western Reserve Historical Society" on tp., fold of wrapper split towards the top. Good. Pamphlet. [3543]


No. 568 in Roberts, Revival Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. "On the then existing revival in America."

Bolles finds some things admirable in the "Revival System," yet says it belongs to the sects, and that the remedy of the Protestant Episcopal Church - that of education - is the system that comes from the Gospel. He finds six things to admire and objects to two: The system is unscriptural, and "its fruits are morally and religiously pernicious and pestilential."

James A. Bolles (1810-1894), b. Norwich, CT; d. Cleveland, OH."controversial rector of Trinity Church from 1855-58.Opposed to the evangelical movement, Bolles advocated written sermons and practices associated with the Catholic church, strongly objecting to the mass conversions of revival meetings and arguing against the interdenominational movement, which he considered superficial. Bolles engaged in public, published debate with the Episcopal bishop of Ohio over such issues, drawing national attention.During his ministry Bolles emphasized charity and instituted systematic giving and the founding of two mission churches. He advocated the free church system, including free pews, and in 1859 resigned with the vestry refused to make Trinity a free parish, with his congregation already divided over his advocation of daily services and other Catholic practices. In 1859, Bolles became rector of the Church of the Advent in Boston, but returned to Cleveland in 1871 as a senior canon at Trinity Church for many years. Bolles wrote Vade Mecum: A Manual for Pastoral Use, used by a generation of pastors." - Pierce, Trinity Cathedral (1967).