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The Literary Digest in an article entitled the Changes in New England Methodism, quotes from several New England Methodist ministers. We quote some of these:—

Rev. Mr. Davis, a Boston minister, sums up his changes of belief in these sentences:

"Jesus Christ came on earth to show us what to do and how to do it. Others may to advantage theorize as to the atonement, etc. I have tried to do so in years gone. Dissatisfaction crowned my efforts. I have one object before me now—to follow Jesus, preach Jesus, lead men to Jesus." preach Jesus, lead men to Jesus." Rev. Charles H. Stackpole, of Melrose, is convicted of "the newer and more rational theory of the inspiration of the Scriptures;" he no longer holds to Paul's dogmatic theology, founded largely on an untenable view of Genesis;" he is open to evolution; no longer holds any theory of the atonement, save that Christ is the supreme expression of God's love; and "all the woeful knowledge of the past ... misrepresents the character of God and is destined to perish from the mind of man."

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October 31, 1901

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