A Reflection of America’s Religious Life

Baltimore, Maryland, 1851. From the journalistic reports of Cyril Bennet. My years as a journalist for the Baltimore Sun have made for as grand a career as I could have hoped for, and I thank my editor, Richard Weiss, for his wisdom in continuing to publish my increasingly controversial articles. I will not apologize for…

The Free Thought Movement

New York, October 16th, 1850. From the Journalistic Reports of Cyril Bennet. In the past years I have seen many variations in this country on the theme of Christianity, yet rarely have I observed faith to be accompanied by logical thinking. The Catholic riots on the west coast and the countless violent crimes against Mormons,…

Early Mormonism

Kirtland, Ohio, February 14th, 1831. From the journalistic reports of Cyril Bennet. In light of the new movement that has sprung from the current religious excitement flourishing in the faithful across our country, I have travelled to Kirtland, Ohio, to speak with a group of religious visionaries. The movement calls itself the church of Latter-Day…

Suicide Under Slavery & Trust in God

November 11, 1835 “I hope that my death would leave God thinking something is wrong down here” Annie Coley said it with her teary eyes. Although vast number of slaves successfully escaped from their masters, it was different in Coley’s case.[1] Two weeks ago, she ran away from her slave owner in Virginia, hoping to…

The Cane Ridge Revival

Cane Ridge, Kentucky, August 8th, 1801. From the journalistic report of Cyril Bennet. It was with guarded thoughts that I approached the Cane Ridge encampment yesterday. The hot August day was nearing its end, and the honest farmers of the Kentucky village would, on any usual day, soon be in their beds. Not today. Some…