The Reason Why America Burned Spurgeon’s Sermons and Sought to Kill Him

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Rob Fall's picture

those seeking his destruction were anti-abolitionists in the South.

Hoping to shed more light than heat..

Bert Perry's picture

Rob--that's pretty much what the article says, no?  I'm confused.

Suffice it to say that I admire Spurgeon even more now than I did two minutes ago, and that's saying something.  And on the light side, I wonder whether he would have agreed with some of the invective with a smile.  Certainly as a 5 point Calvinist, he would have agreed that he was worthy of Hell, and I would guess as well that he might have smiled at the suggestion he ate beef and had something of a substantial manner about him.

On a more serious note, I would point out that this invective poured at Pastor Spurgeon is a great example of how the use of the ad hominem fallacy is a great way to find out that someone is either unable or unwilling to make a real argument.  It's all the more telling when I consider that he did not preach in what we'd call a classic exegetical style, and hence he lends himself more to attack on an actual rhetorical front.

It's also a great example of how our politics may not be that much worse than we've had before.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Rob Fall's picture

Yes, the article is clear on the geographic locus of the bad blood.  However, the title paints Maine with the same brush as Louisiana.

Bert Perry wrote:

Rob--that's pretty much what the article says, no?  I'm confused. SNIP

Hoping to shed more light than heat..

Andrew K's picture

Yeah. Great article, but the title is pretty much clickbait. More and more common to craft titles like this, though