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A Short Directory for Religious Societies,

James Dodson

1772-Reformed Presbytery (of Scotland).-Here is a faithful copy of the original directions for society, or fellowship, meetings. It contains directions for governing the meeting together with guidance on the qualifications of constituent members and appropriate topics of discussion.

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Lutheranism and Calvinism.

James Dodson

1844-Jean-Henri Merle D'Aubigne (1794-1872).-In this essay, D'Aubigne examines the peculiar principles of both the Lutheran and Reformed Reformations. He has many helpful insights and explains why the Reformed should be respectful toward Lutheranism without losing its own excellence. 

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A Plea for the Covenanted Reformation in Britain and Ireland.

James Dodson

1822-George Stevenson (1771-1841).-In this treatise, Stevenson defends the doctrine of religious social covenants. The discussion has interesting and useful comments on the use of creeds and the need for testimony bearing. However, its most important component is its explanation and defence of the descending obligations of covenants. Originally written in 1822, this is the third edition expanded by some twenty pages of material.

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Free Thoughts on the Religious Celebration of the Funeral of the Princess Charlotte.

James Dodson

1817-Thomas McCrie.-Taking occasion of some controversy over Antiburgher minister Andrew Thomson's refusal to open his meeting house for religious celebration on the set day for the funeral of Princess Charlotte, McCrie defends the position of the Scottish church against religious ceremonies and sermons attending funerals. Of special interest is McCrie's citations of the Dutch and French churches in support of the Scottish church.

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Reform in the Political Status of Women.

James Dodson

1882-Austin Phelps (1820-1890).-In this second essay, Phelps explains why he believes that giving women the right to vote in civil elections is against nature and will be detrimental to American society. He also warns that it will be hard to regain the country and culture once women start voting.

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Woman-Suffrage as Judged by the Working of Negro-Suffrage.

James Dodson

1882-Austin Phelps (1820-1890).-This is the first of two essays examining the movement for woman's suffrage. Phelps compares it to the drive to give the vote to freed negro slaves after the American Civil War. He believed that suffrage was not a right and that it had been given to freed blacks before they were ready to exercise the responsibility whereas he believed that women could never be made ready to be proper recipients.

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CHAPTER II. PROPHECIES OF JOHN.

James Dodson

1906-James Stacy (1830-1912).-This chapter provides a very good outline of the prophecies of John according to the historicist interpretation. Stacy generally follows the majority of historicists in agreement to major events of the prophecy.

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CHAPTER III. HOW MUCH FULFILLED.

James Dodson

1906-James Stacy (1830-1912).-This chapter takes up the question of the fulfillment of prophecy around the time the author was writing. It contains many interesting observations and helpful lessons for discerning the signs of the times.

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PART II. SECOND COMING OF CHRIST.

James Dodson

1906-James Stacy (1830-1912).-This part contains the critical essay on the second coming of Christ in which Stacy attacks many of the central tenets of premillennialism and defends postmillennialist and the idea of the millennium being literal rather than spiritual.

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Hand-book of Prophecy,

James Dodson

1906-James Stacy (1830-1912).-This is a very helpful handbook on Biblical prophecy written from a postmillennial and historicist point of view. Stacy condenses and simplifies many prophetic interpretations of the prophecies of Daniel and of John.

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The Use of Tokens in Our Covenanter Communions.

James Dodson

1908-Robert James George (1844-1911).-The first of two articles written by George, this one chronicles the decline of the use of communion tokens amongst 19th century Reformed Presbyterians in America with observations concerning the result of their disuse. This was the first step toward introducing open communion. 

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