Redemption, Reconciliation, and Reformation by Alexander McLeod is a bindup of his writings broken up into three parts.
The other day, I did a poll on Instagram asking who has heard of McLeod, only 32% had heard of him. I had never heard of him until I received this book. The forward says that he was once celebrated, but has been forgotten.
Alexander McLeod (1774-1833) was a Scottish pastor and polemicist as well as an abolitionist. At the age of 18 he emigrated to New York and became a teacher of Greek. The forward also says he had a devotion to Common Dense philosophy and occasionally indulged in the end times date-setting born of historicist postmillennialism (an optimistic end times view commonly held by the Puritans).
In part 1 , “Redemption” there are six chapters: 1) Intimacy with God Is Man’s Happiness, 2) Man a Religious as well as a Rational Creature, 3) The Divinity of the Savior, 4) Christ a Surety for Sinners, 5) Present Suffering and Future Glory, 5) Vessels of Wrath, 6) Vessels of Mercy.
Part two has only four chapters on reconciliation: 1) The Doctrine of the Atonement, 2) The Church’s Safety, 3) The Constitution, Character, and Duties of the Gospel Ministry, 4) A Sabbath Day’s Ministry.
“Reform” is the topic for the third part. Here there are eight chapters: 1) Messiah, Governor of the Nations and of Earth, 2) Negro Slavery Unjustifiable, 3) The Scripture the Supreme Judge of Religious Controversy, 4) The Providence of God, 5) Jesus and the “Tribute Money”, 6) The Theological Seminary-An Address, 7) The Plan of Correspondence-An Address, 8) Draft of a Covenant and League.
The parts have a similar format. Some writings on apologetics followed by exegesis and/or expositions. Some of the writings have a bit of Q&A like a catechism.
The third part has some writings that focus on the Reformed Presbyterian Church.
“Negro Slavery Unjustified” was the first tract published by McLeod at the age of 28 during his first year of ministry.
I’m not sure if it’s my non-fiction book slump or what, but there were times I found his writings to be a bit heavy so I had to read them slowly. Nonetheless, his writings are timeless and should be read.
“The happiness of man cannot be complete without the experience of his being loved by his God and Savior… When there is evidence that love is reciprocal, the heart is at ease… The love of God to man is the original source of every blessing.”