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The Hymns of David.

James Dodson

1869-Anonymous.-An excellent article that shows that the Hebrew equivalent of the Greek word "hymn," appears throughout the Old Testament and that is refers to the Psalms of David.

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Life Insurance.

James Dodson

1868-John Black Williams and Anonymous.-Two short pieces joined together in the pages of The Reformed Presbyterian and Covenanter magazine which defend the older position of eschewing life insurance against the charges and claims of proponents of life insurance. The arguments may be applied to all forms of insurance.

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The Dedication of Churches.

James Dodson

1869-Anonymous.-An excellent short article on the practice of dedicating churches which speaks to some of the reasons adduced as well as explaining why Reformed Presbyterians do not use this rite.

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“A TIME TO DANCE.”

James Dodson

1868-William Patton (1798-1879).-This article discusses dancing in the Bible versus the dance that the world loves. Patton shows that the Bible does not countenance promiscuous dancing nor does it sanction worldly dancing.

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A Review of the Errors of Seceders upon the Head of Civil Magistracy.

James Dodson

1847-Anonymous.-This review, probably written by the editor of The Covenanter (James M. Willson), seeks to show Seceders, and those of their persuasion, that many of the best ministers of the Secession have not shared the extreme views of Adam Gib on the doctrine of magistracy. There are also some comments on why Seceders are wrong to claim George Gillespie.

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A Review of the Views of Seceders on the Mediatorial Headship of Christ and George Gillespie.

James Dodson

1846-Anonymous.-Probably written by the editor of The Covenanter magazine (James M. Willson), this is the third article critiquing a union movement amongst Reformed churches at that time. In this installment, the author addresses sentiments expressed in their union document called the Basis respecting the Mediatorial dominion of Christ with important comments on George Gillespie's statements on Mediatorial headship of Christ.

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The Creeds and Doctrinal Advance.

James Dodson

1949-John Gresham Machen (1881-1937).-Published posthumously, this contains the substance of one of Machen's many weekly addresses defending historic Reformed Christianity. This contains many tremendous insights on the purpose of creeds in conserving doctrinal advance in the church.

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William Milroy (1820-1876)

James Dodson

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Born in York, Livingston County, New York, on December 23, 1820.  His parents dedicated him to the Gospel ministry early. With this in mind, he was sent to Scotland for studies to insure that he had a thorough and classical education for this purpose. Upon his return to America, he graduated from Union College, in 1846. Afterward, he studied theology, under Samuel Bowden, at the Reformed Presbyterian seminary, at that time located in Cincinnati. He was licensed by the Rochester Presbytery, June 10, 1851. On October 12, 1854, he was ordained and installed as pastor of the Second Miami congregation, Northwood, Logan County, Ohio. In this connection, he spent the remainder of his life. In 1870, he became the Latin professor in Geneva College; and, in 1872, he was the moderator of the Synod. In the fall of 1876, he became ill and died at his home, in Northwood, November 15, 1876. He has been described as a profound theologian and a proficient classical scholar. controversy. His writings were few but evidenced the influence of his Scottish education by defending the original Testimony of the Reformed Presbyterian church.

WORKS:

Thoughts on Covenant Obligation.

James Dodson

1798-Anonymous.-This short article examines the issue of covenant obligation particularly with respect to religious covenants but with the understanding that many of the comments pertain to social and national covenants.

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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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