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The Christian Magistrate:

James Dodson

1832-Thomas Houston.-An excellent survey of the qualifications and duties of the civil magistrate.  Houston is particularly helpful to explain how a Christian magistrate is responsible to establish the true religion and his power circa sacra. His discussion of punishing heretics and idolaters required a full length defense which he issued the following year. This is a strong indictment of theological liberalism and its tendencies.

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Thomas Houston (1803-1882)

James Dodson

Thomas Houston was born in Donegore, County Antrim, Ireland, in 1803. When still a child, his family moved to Cullybackey to attend the ministry of William Stavely, who was a legendary figure amongst Irish Covenanters. It was under his ministry that he was first affected with the cause of true religion. In 1819, he began his study at the Belfast Academical Institution and, afterward, had a brief stint teaching there and at the Ballymena Academy. In 1825, he commenced his theological studies at the Theological Hall of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland, under the renowned Andrew Symington.  On December 25, 1826, he was licensed to preach by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland. Receiving a call to Knockbracken, ...

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The Mystery of Magistracy Unvailed

James Dodson

1663-Anonymous.-This piece presents a clear exposition of the doctrine of the civil magistracy. It addresses the duties of both rulers and subjects. Most importantly, it explains how to know when magistrates degenerate into tyrants and what the proper response of Christians should be when magistrates become illegitmate.

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The Lord's Supper

James Dodson

1888-Samuel T. Lowrie (1835-1924).-An often acerbic look at the Temperance fanatics who wished to remove wine from the Lord's supper. This small volume also contains many other interesting observations and admonitions to keep to the traditional sacramental usages of Reformed Protestantism. There is also a helpful discussion of why we use leavened rather than unleavened bread in Reformed churches. It contains an appendix by Dunlop Moore on Biblical wine that condenses his arguments.

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Sacramental Wine.

James Dodson

1882-Dunlop Moore (1830-1905).-The second article on the issue of Bible wines in which the author vigorously defends the use of wine (not grape juice) in the sacrament of the Lord's supper. Having defended the intoxicating nature of Biblical wine, he is forward to press the claims of its use in the sacramental observance. Once more, he lays waste to the dishonesty and poor scholarship amongst the promoters of total abstinence.

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The Bible Wine Question.

James Dodson

1881-Dunlop Moore (1830-1905).-The first of two articles examining the claims of Temperance advocates that there are two kinds of wine in Scripture-one unfermented and the other fermented. He notes the novelty of those who advance this view and dissects their flawed logic with the precision of a skilled surgeon. He also shows their lack of honesty in scholarship on the question. The only wine known to the Bible has the potential to intoxicate and that has implications for Christian practice, especially with respect to the Lord's supper.

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Why Reformed Presbyterians Cannot Vote.

James Dodson

1908-Finley Milligan Foster (1853-1948).-A tract based upon a sermon given during the presidential election of 1908 explaining why Reformed Presbyterians should not avail themselves of the elective franchise under the present constitution of government in the united States. 

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Why Covenanters Do Not Vote.

James Dodson

1912-Thomas Houston Acheson (1861-1925).-An American R.P. minister explains why Covenanters do not vote, during the U.S. presidential election season of 1912, and addresses several objections to political dissent.

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Our Political Protest.

James Dodson

1872-John Haslett Boggs (1837-1928).-A sermon that gives a number of reasons why Covenanters do not vote under the present political administration and outlining other reasons for concern in the political system which are not in themselves reasons for not voting.

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John Knox (ca. 1513-1572)

James Dodson

John Knox was born in Haddington, Scotland, most likely between 1513 and 1515. His later education included instruction by John Major, a noted Scottish scholar. By 1540, he was a priest in the diocese of St. Andrews. Shortly thereafter, due to his embracing of the Protestant faith, he fled to England and later traveled to Germany and Switzerland. He returned to Scotland, in 1544, at the beginning of Cardinal Beaton’s persecution of Protestants. During this time, he avoided arrest and engaged in tutoring. In April of 1547, Knox came to the attention of Protestant minister John Rough who desired to see Knox become a Protestant minister. By June 1547, Knox’s preaching brought him to the French galleys where he was imprisoned into forced labor until May 1549. After his release, Knox went to England and was licensed to work in the Church of England. He continued there until 1554, at which time he went to Geneva and spent time with Calvin. In 1554 and 1555, he had a brief pastorate of the English speaking congregation in Frankfurt. From 1556 to 1559, Knox returned to Geneva where he preached often. Finally, in May 1559, Knox returned to Scotland where he would spend the rest of his life promoting the Reformation. His efforts insured the triumph of Presbyterianism in Scotland.

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Jesus “Crowned with Glory and Honour.”

James Dodson

1855-Thomas Martin (1805-1879).-A catechism upon the various principles of the Reformed Presbyterian Church giving a clear and simple presentation of them together with a survey of its history with emphasis on the mediatorial reign of Christ.

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James W. Shaw (1812-1886)

James Dodson

James William Shaw was born near Ardstraw, County Tyrone, Ireland, November 6, 1812. His early studies were conducted in that area. In 1824, he was removed to America, and his family settled in West Hebron, New York. In 1837, he entered the Coldenham Academy and from there went on to Lafayette College....

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ADVERTISEMENT.

James Dodson

1842-James M. Willson.-This short notice explains the occasion of the productions fo the discourses which form the basis of this book.

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