Scotland Saw His Glory
Revivals are sometimes classed among movements that are due to ignorance, fanaticism, and unhealthy imitation. The story of Scottish revivals is inspiring for the role played by men of scholarship, wisdom, and prudence, and does much to remove the prejudice. Describing the effects of the revival in Easter Ross about the middle of the eighteenth century, Hugh Miller wrote that they were felt "for more than eighty years after. There were few dwellings, however humble, in which regularly as the day rose and set, family worship was not kept; and in the course of an evening walk, the voice of Psalms might be heard from almost every hamlet." What Hugh Miller wrote of his native district could be said of many another place during the long history of revivals in Scotland.
the Foreword: "To those who long for the
full light of the gospel day, the present hour may be dark enough. There is
no open vision and the love of many waxes cold. But it seems ordained in the
economy of grace that tere should be such occasions. 'Christianity' says Dr.
Lindsay, 'has flowed like a stream of clear fresh water over the arid soul of
mankind. It is too often forgotten that the stream, like an Arabian river, seems
frequently to lose itself in the soil it was meant to fertilize. There must
be explosive outbursts every now and then from the fountainhead, and revivals
are manifestations of this volcanic force which is latent in Christianity.'
The river at present runs underground, but still it runs."
From Scotland Saw His Glory: "The Edinburgh Gaelic School Society... put in the forefront of its constitution that its 'sole object' was 'to teach the inhabitants of the Highlands and Islands to read the Sacred Scriptures in their native tongue.' In order that its limited resources might be used to the greatest possible advantage, it was arranged that the schools should be ambulatory and that no school should remain in one place for more than two or three years at a time...
"The sole textbook used was the Bible, and its study proceeded in the direction the Society most desired, for the people passed form its letter to its spirit. A correspondent wrote to the Society that 'the effect produced on the poor and uncultured by being enabled to peruse the sacred volume was in many instances a frantic consternation, similar to that felt by a person on discovering himself on the brink of destruction.'"