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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Catherine Booth

I found a book of sermons called Aggressive Christianity by Catherine Booth this afternoon. The sermons illustrate so well many of the points peripheral to Bible translation that I would like to draw attention to. I hope to post a few excerpts over the next little while on my bookshelf blog. This excerpt goes well with my post on the seal of apostleship.



At Mon Mar 26, 07:42:00 PM, Blogger anonymous said...

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At Mon Mar 26, 08:11:00 PM, Blogger anonymous said...

Female Ministry, Or, Woman's Right to Preach the Gospel (1859)

Female Teaching: Or, The Rev. A.A. Rees versus Mrs. Palmer (1861)

Godliness: Being Reports of a Series of Addresses Delivered At James's Hall, London, W., During 1881

The Iniquity of State Regulated Vice (1884)

Papers on Aggressive Christianity (1880)

Papers on Practical Religion (1879)

Popular Christianity: A Series of Lectures (1888) (2nd ed.)

At Mon Mar 26, 08:43:00 PM, Blogger Suzanne McCarthy said...

I really appreciate this because when I was young I had a biography of Catherine Booth that I cannot find here or on the internet.

However, maybe I just haven't tried hard enough. That must be it!

But her own writing is excellent so I am very happy to have it. A copy for reading at night and an electronic copy for sharing. :-)

At Mon Mar 26, 10:23:00 PM, Blogger Suzanne McCarthy said...

I read this particular gem by Köstenberger today, newly uploaded to the internet to enhance the existance of the 'ladies', with reference to 1 Tim. 2:15,

Passages such as the present one appear to indicate that it is precisely by participating in her role pertaining to the family that women fulfill their central calling. Moreover, if the reference to “childbearing” should indeed be understood as a synecdoche, even unmarried women are to retain a focus on the domestic sphere and all that it entails.

Woe betide the woman missionary!

It was refreshing to read the following by Booth, from the Rev. A.A. Rees versus Mrs. Palmer,

"But privacy is their proper sphere," &c. Perhaps we ought to be obliged to Mr. Rees, that he allows to woman any sphere at all for benefitting her race and glorifying her God. But we cannot be blind to the supreme selfishness of making her so welcome to the hidden toil and self-sacrifice, the hewing of wood and the drawing of water, the watching and waiting, the reproach and persecution attaching to her Master's service, without allowing her a tittle of the honour he so arrogantly assumes and so tenaciously guards. Here, again, our author's theory and the order of God are at variance. God says, "Them that honour me I will honour." Our Lord links the joy with the suffering, the glory with the shame, the exaltation with the humiliation, the crown with the cross, the finding of life with the losing of it. Nor did he manifest any such horror at female publicity in his cause as Mr. Rees appears to entertain. We have no intimation of his reproving the Samaritan woman, for her public proclamations of Him to her countrymen; not of his rebuking the women who followed Him amidst a taunting mob on his way to the cross. And yet, surely, privacy was their proper sphere. On one occasion He did say, with reference to a woman, "Verily, I say unto you, wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her."--Matt. xxvi. 12. See also Luke vii. 37--50.

Will he [Mr. Rees] inform us why woman should be confined exclusively to the kitchen and the distaff, any more than man to the field and the workshop? Did not God, and has not nature, assigned to man his sphere of labour, "to till the ground, and to dress it?" And, if Mr. Rees claims exemption from this kind of toil for a portion of his sex, on the ground of their possessing ability for intellectual pursuits, he must allow us the same privilege for woman.

Before we can appreciate the force of his quotations from Shakespeare and Cowper, Mr. Rees must point out the woman "impudent and mannish grown;" as also the discourse, gesture, or appearance calculated "to shock one's delicacy, truth, or sense." At present, we are unacquainted with anything of the kind in a female teacher or speaker, not have we heard that any among the thousands who have listened to Mrs. Palmer during her visit to the North, have ventured to prefer such a charge against her, save the Rev. A.A. Rees, Dr. Jarbo, of Shields, and one or two others of equal renown for sagacity, courtesy, and humility.

All man-made religions neglect or debase woman, but the religion of Christ recognizes her individuality, and raises her to the true dignity of her moral and intellectual nature. This being the case, any attempt to deduce from its historical records or practical precepts, views and dogmas derogatory to the sex, appears to us exceedingly unbecoming the office of a Christian minister; and in the attempt we think Mr. Rees has nearly allied himself with infidelity and heathenism.

I hadn't read this particular essay of hers before but it is very entertaining.

At Tue Mar 27, 07:28:00 AM, Blogger anonymous said...

Most likely your biography was this one or this one (also available as this one.)

At Tue Mar 27, 07:40:00 AM, Blogger Suzanne McCarthy said...

It was the one by Mildred Duff. Not the one by Booth-Tucker.

This is great!


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