Skinner, 1827 Discourse on the Way to Promote a Revival of Religion
Skinner, 1827 Discourse on the Way to Promote a Revival of Religion
Skinner, 1827 Discourse on the Way to Promote a Revival of Religion

Skinner, 1827 Discourse on the Way to Promote a Revival of Religion

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Skinner, Thomas H. A Discourse delivered, June 10, 1827, in the Fifth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, commemorative of its dedication. (A Discourse on the way to Promote a Revival of Religion - wrapper title). Philadelphia: I. Ashmead, 1827. First Edition. [3480]

Brown wrapper, 5 3/4 x 9, 28 pp., center crease, inscribed on tp "Eleazar Lord Esq., Wtih the Author's kind and affectionate regards." Good. Pamphlet.


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Thomas H. Skinner (1791-1871), born in North Carolina and graduated at Princeton in 1812. He became co-pastor with Dr. Janeway in the Second Church, Philadelphia. Skinner adopted New School views, which led to his separation from Janeway in 1816. He pioneered several local Presbyterian churches in his ministry, and was a Professor first at Andover and later at Union Theological Seminary, NY.

The sermon is on the text Exodus 14:15, "Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward." The author paraphrases this for his purpose: "Speak unto this people, that they go forward in their endeavours to promote the work of the Holy Spirit which has been so hopefully begun in the midst of them." He describes the beginnings of a work of revival, in special weekly meetings, private meetings for prayer, appointed fasts, and concludes, "This mighty work of the Spirit, in renewing our humiliation and joy increased, and with it the spirit of prayer and labours for the promotion of a general revival."

He exhorts his hearers to continue on in the work of promoting a revival, and gives pressing reasons for doing so. He says that the signs of the times point to more revival: "Never have the American churches known a year like the present. Never has the saving strength of God been so revealed and glorified in our land. For number, for power, for rich and various fruits, never have such revivals been known in this country since its discovery.No man knows how to pray, or how to speak, or how to live, or how to co-operate in any way, for the advancement of a true revival of religion, except as he partakes of the spirit of such a revival; and that is a spirit which none rightly knows, or welcomes in his heart, but he who has it."

But for a brief introduction, this entire sermon focuses on revivals.