Excerpt from Autobiography, Correspondence, Etc of Lyman Beecher, Vol. 2 of 2 It has already been made apparent that the one idea of Dr. Beecher's life was the promotion of revivals of religion, t merely in his own congregation, but as a prominent instrumentality for the conversion of the world, and the speedy introduction of the millennial reign of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we are moving on in the present volume toward more controversial eras, it is our desire still to keep this great idea uppermost, as the real ground of all his interest and concern in those discussions in which it was his destiny to bear a part. It is t strange that the attempt to carry forward revival work should lead to controversy, and even to divisions among good men. Our Savior distinctly declared that he had t come to send peace, but division. The work of conviction and conversion of sinners, in a world like this - the work of building up a Church on principles entirely superior, and even opposed to those of selfish society, can t be carried on without resistance on the one side and mistake on the other. It was natural that the primitive churches should make mistakes, and incorporate errors into their teaching. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.