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“On Revivals of Religion,” by Nathaniel Thayer

“On Revivals of Religion”

by Rev. Dr. (Nathaniel) Thayer

in The Liberal Preacher, Vol. 1, #2, August, 1827, pp. 4 & 20-30

A leading Unitarian minister catalogs complaints against revivals. Although written after the “revival issue” had quieted in New England, Thayer is obviously familiar with the main arguments lofted earlier.  Note (pages 24-28) the argument is not theological but practical.

List Thayer’s arguments that could be said to relate to matters of polity.


The full text of Nathaniel Thayer’s “On Revivals of Religion” is available via Google Books. 

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