This week we begin the review of the content of our latest forthcoming book - A Noble Company, Volume 12, The Canadians.
Edward Manning was a profoundly complex figure, a New Light evangelist who became a Baptist for no other reason than he believed that Baptist doctrine and practice best represented the teaching of the New Testament. Such a phenomenon evidences a person who honestly questioned and examined his beliefs with the utmost scrutiny in the integrity of his sincere reading and processing of Scripture. Yet, this willingness to examine his beliefs did not engender within this preacher casual indifference, but rather determined fidelity to the truth. For this reason, Manning was zealous that sound doctrine be central both within his own church and others which claimed like faith. Towards this end, he sought to teach himself and the church, and to promote actively the instruction of those who themselves would teach the church. In addition, Manning fully supported Horton Academy and Acadia College. Thus, for Manning, truth was to be sought, held, and taught. --Andre Gazal