Morse, William. On "Revivals of Religion." A Sermon, delivered in New-Bedford, April 17, 1831

Morse, William. On "Revivals of Religion." A Sermon, delivered in New-Bedford, April 17, 1831

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Morse, William. On "Revivals of Religion." A Sermon, delivered in New-Bedford, April 17, 1831. New-Bedford, [MA]: Printed by Benjamin T. Congdon, 1831. First Edition. [5550]

Removed, old slip of paper over the fold, now partially split. 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches, 20 pp. Good. Pamphlet.

No. 3799 in Roberts, Revival Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. "An attack upon revivals, with Mark 4:28 as the text."

The author treats with revivalists and revivalism, and among other remarks, reminds his readers that just a short time before Calvinists in general stood against the excesses of revivals. He mentions by name Beman, Nettleton, Finney, John Wesley, Whitefield, Mrs. Hutchinson, Elder Benjamin Randall, Elder Elias Smith, and the "famous Convention, held in New-Lebanon, N. Y. in July, 1827." He declares that the results of revivals are not in general true converts, but for the most part young females whose consciences are excited and then assuaged, and who soon fall away. "The main principle which I have adopted in this discourse, is not, that revivals never do any good, but that the good they do is followed by a greater evil, and that on this account such excitements ought to be checked by every proper exertion. The not only injure society generally, but they oftentimes injure the very cause they are intended to benefit." - p. 20.

William Morse was a Universalist preacher, and probably an itinerant at this time.