Church History

Spurgeon on the Bible and Darwinism, Part 2

Note: This article is reprinted with permission from As I See It, a monthly electronic magazine compiled and edited by Doug Kutilek. AISI is sent free to all who request it by writing to the editor at dkutilek@juno.com.

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Compiled by Doug Kutilek

Note: A reader from Indiana recently asked if Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) ever directly addressed the subject of Darwinian evolution. Because Darwin’s kutilek_spurgeon.jpgOn the Origin of Species was published in England in 1859 only five years after Spurgeon began his London pastorate and was the occasion of great and continuing controversy directly affecting the credibility of the Bible, it would be most surprising indeed if Spurgeon had not addressed the subject. In fact, he did so numerous times, always in strong opposition. Our search turned up a number of quotes and references that should be of interest to the reader. We reproduce a selection of these, without extended comment. —Doug

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Spurgeon on the Bible and Darwinism, Part 1

Note: This article is reprinted with permission from As I See It, a monthly electronic magazine compiled and edited by Doug Kutilek. AISI is sent free to all who request it by writing to the editor at dkutilek@juno.com.

Compiled by Doug Kutilek

Note: A reader from Indiana recently asked if Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) ever directly addressed the subject of Darwinian evolution. Because Darwin’s kutilek_spurgeon.jpgOn the Origin of Species was published in England in 1859 only five years after Spurgeon began his London pastorate and was the occasion of great and continuing controversy directly affecting the credibility of the Bible, it would be most surprising indeed if Spurgeon had not addressed the subject. In fact, he did so numerous times, always in strong opposition. Our search turned up a number of quotes and references that should be of interest to the reader. We reproduce a selection of these, without extended comment. —Doug

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Translation Change Best for Us

For some time, I have believed we needed to make a change in the translation that we use at Red Rocks Baptist Church as well as what we use at Silver State Christian School. But I have been in ministry long enough to know that “change,” regardless of how small it may seem to leadership, can impact church members in a big way. Over the years, I have made a16111.jpg number of changes in our church, not in core beliefs but in the area of methodology and practical ministry. We have rewritten our constitution, moved our facilities (twice), changed our worship service format and times, changed our name, utilized technology in our worship services, restructured our outreach program, reformatted our Sunday school and children’s ministries, developed our music policy, and refined our membership materials and process.

From my experience, at least four essential ingredients make change happen “decently and in order.”

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Central Seminary and Baptist History

In The Nick of Timeby Jeff Straub

In the good providence of God, Central Seminary has become the new home of a valuable, large collection of materials related to early American Baptist history: the Morgan Edwards papers. This is the largest compilation of extant Edwards material in the world. It consists of handwritten notes on the history of Baptists in Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Virginia. In addition, the collection contains 16 volumes of Edwards’ sermons in manuscript form. It represents nearly half of what at one time appears to have existed. Most of the remaining sermons are presumed lost.

This collection was originally donated to the Crozer Theological Seminary of Chester, Pennsylvania, by Horatio Gates Jones. Jones’ father, also Horatio Gates Jones, was a Delaware Baptist who intersected with Edwards early in life. Jones Jr. was an eminent Philadelphia attorney and legislator who had a deep love for history, especially Baptist history. He was a board member of Crozer Seminary for many years.

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Religious Pluralism and Tolerance in the Roman Empire?

roman.jpgNOTE:This article is reprinted with permission from As I See It, a monthly electronic magazine compiled and edited by Doug Kutilek. AISI is sent free to all who request it by writing to the editor at dkutilek@juno.com.

Edward Gibbon, (1737-1794), famous for his monumental work, On the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published between 1776-1788, famously stated, concerning the diversity of religions in the vast Roman Empire and how they were viewed by different classes of people—

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