In 1742, Philip Doddridge, the Independent minister at Northampton, and without doubt the most prominent English Dissenting minister of his day, published The Evil and Danger of Neglecting the Souls of Men. The text of a sermon preached to fellow dissenting ministers in Kettering, Doddridge passionately made the case for the formation of voluntary societies ‘towards assisting in the Propagation of Christianity Abroad, and spreading it on some of the darker Parts of our own Land’. Some, he wrote, ‘who once were our Hearers, and it may be our dear Friends too, have perished through our Neglect . . . Multitudes to this day surround us, who stand exposed to the same Danger, and on the very brink of the same Ruin. ’ Preaching as population levels in Britain were beginning to grow rapidly and the drift from the countryside to the towns and cities was accelerating, Doddridge’s generation responded...
|Title of host publication||T&T Clark Companion to Nonconformity|
|Number of pages||28|
|ISBN (Print)||9780567505262, 9780567669933|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Oct 2013|