This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 Excerpt: ...tendencies to crime. In this instance we have given the history of what has actually occurred again and again, in numberless instances ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 Excerpt: ...tendencies to crime. In this instance we have given the history of what has actually occurred again and again, in numberless instances throughout our Western States, within the last half-century. But not only does public worship tend to educate the community by awakening and developing religious ideas, but it also cultivates humane feelings, brings the different classes of society near to each other, makes one common platform on which all can stand together, and so counteracts continually the tendencies to separate and isolated life. People who live all other days apart from each other, whose lives are narrowed to little rounds of domestic duty, who see only small family groups and cliques, come into church on the Lord's day, and feel themselves for an hour at one with all classes of men. This hour, though only bringing them into an external contact, and no intimate communion, does much to emancipate them from a narrow and too individual life. All professions, conditions, characters, are side by side engaged in the same serious occupation. Political opponents here forget their disputes, --rivals in fashion, competitors in business, rich and poor, are here brought into a certain sympathy;--and this is no small gain. We say no more here of the advantages of Public Worship, since this topic needs no special treatment, but pass on to the more important question, How shall it be made most interesting and useful? The interest of Public Worship depends chiefly on this, --that it shall be a reality, and not a form. If, when we enter the church, we are made to feel that we are among a people who have met only because it is a custom so to meet; if there is no awe, no earnestness, no devotion, no humanity; if we perceive the airs of fashion, display, egotism, self-conce...Read Less
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