Balance between Rationalism and Spirtualism: Robert Richardson
on the Holy Spirit
by Steve Singleton
Robert Richardson (1806Ė1876) urged Christians to understand spirituality as the mean between emotionalism and rationalism. This forced him into a debate concerning the Holy Spirit, first with Tolbert Fanning, and then briefly with Alexander Campbell himself. Richardsonís call still resonates: devotion must go deeper than external conformity while avoiding spiritualismís excesses.
This e-book provides an introduction to the life and writings of this great spiritual leader who contented himself with living in the shadow of Alexander Campbell. He greatly aided the Bethany reformer, however, not only as his literary assistant in the monthly publishing of Millennial Harbinger, but in furnishing a great deal of the intellectual foundation for the movement to restore New Testament Christianity in modern times. Richardson struggled to counterbalance the Campbell's thorough-going rationalism indebted to John Locke with an ardent devotional spirit aimed at establishing and maintaining an intimate communion with both the Father and the Son. 25 illustrated pages, including 57 footnotes, many with links for online reading of many of the original sources. PDF 475 kb.
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