Party Spirit: An Address Delivered Before the Literary Societies of Washington College, Washington PA.
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In this address, Nevin defines “party spirit” as “selfishness expanded and strengthened by means of the social principle, under all, and more than all, the forms of corrupt affection, which belong to it in the original man” (p. 5, emphasis in the original). He contends, in the words of the concluding paragraph, that it is “irreconcileably [sic] at war” with “the genius of the gospel,” and encourages his hearers to embrace the gospel’s “lofty, large, and free” spirit, and to avoid the “illiberal passions” and “narrow conceptions of men” (p. 30).
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Appalachia, Pennsylvania, John Williamson Nevin, Presbyterian Church, Reformed Church in the United States, Sermons
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Nevin, John Williamson, "Party Spirit: An Address Delivered Before the Literary Societies of Washington College, Washington PA." (1840). Nevin, John Williamson, 1803-1886. 11.