Review of The Christian and Civic Economy of Large Towns, nos. I to VIII, by Thomas Chalmers] [3/4]
Political Economy, Christianity, Scientific Practitioners
Discusses further the principle espoused by Thomas Chalmers of 'locality' (i.e. the development of local systems of Christian mission), applying it to the Wesleyan-Methodist Church. Approves of Chalmers's advocacy of the use of lay people in Christian missions, quoting at length from his defence of the practice. Chalmers champions the practice of training clergy in 'the general literature of the times', so that 'some of them shall attain an eminence of authority and respect in the other sciences' (175). This is necessary so that Christianity should have its defenders 'in every quarter of human society; and there should be among them such a distribution of weapons, as may be adapted to all the varieties of that extended combat, which is ever going on between the church and the world' (175–76). Argues that while such learning is necessary to uphold Christianity among the well-educated and powerful, it is not generally necessary for purposes of mission among the poor.
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