Rare Books Collection

Turn to those who are dead. It is the best overarching reading advice I can give. It is easy to get caught up in the novelty of today’s books. There are many excellent choices, but history gives us perspective and protects us from our cultural sensitivities. Imagine my joy when I discovered that Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary is making electronic copies of some choice selections in their rare books collection available for downloading in celebration of their bicentennial (you can also order a copy of the scanned book).

The January book was Messiah, Governor of the Nations of the Earth: A Discourse by Alexander McLeod, the pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Congregation in New York City. Both the 1804 printing and a 1992 reprint are made available.

The February book is Negro Slavery Unjustifiable: A Discourse also by Alexander McLeod. This book was instrumental in his denomination in becoming the second Christian denomination to ban slave-owners from membership. It is a helpful tool in our remembering Christians were the forefront against slavery in America and Worldwide over two hundred years ago. It also helps as we seek to protect the lives of our unborn children who have fallen victim to crimes at least as equal to that of slavery.  May we press on.

On a related note, Christian Audio’s free download this month is Mark Driscoll’s Religion Saves and Nine Other Misconceptions.

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4 Comments to “Rare Books Collection”

  1. “Turn to those who are dead. It is the best overarching reading advice I can give.”

    You couldn’t have said it any better Iz.. So much depth, insight and wisdom are in these books, even if they don’t have some fancy, smancy cover on it. 😉

    • There is more depth and pizazz on the well-worn leather binding that permeates with the sweet stale smell of age then on a high-finish Kodachrome pixelated photoshopped monstrosity disfigured beyond recognition book sleeve.

  2. You are building a treasure you can pass on to your children. It is very nice. I will endeavor not to envious.

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