Spurgeon, Suffering, and Social Justice

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet On February 17, 1860, citizens from Montgomery, Alabama, gathered in the jail yard to burn the “dangerous books”[i] of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the most popular preacher in the Victorian world. A newspaper recorded the event: Last Saturday, we devoted to the flames a large number of copies of Spurgeon’s Sermons…We trust that the works of the greasy cockney vociferator may receive the same treatment throughout the South. And if the Pharisaical author should ever show himself in these parts, we trust that a stout cord may speedily find its way...

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