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BELLAMY, Joseph, clergyman, born in Cheshire, Connecticut, in 1719; died in Bethlehem, Connecticut, 6 March 1790. He was graduated at Yale in 1735, and when only eighteen years old licensed to preach by the association of New Haven County He supplied for some time the pulpit of the Church at Bethlehem, Corm,, was ordained its pastor in 1740, and remained there until his death. During" the revival of 1742 he preached as an itinerant in Connecticut and the neighboring colonies, and after the excitement was over he returned to his parish and established a divinity school, which soon became noted. Many of the most eminent clergymen in New England were trained by him. His system of divinity resembled that of Jonathan Edwards, with whom he was very intimate. His method of instruction was peculiar. He first gave out questions, indicating at the same time a course of reading that would enable his pupils to answer them, and then, after examining and assisting the students constantly in their work, he required them to write essays on the points that had occupied their attention. He also encouraged them to read the works of the most acute and learned opponents of Christianity. In 1768 he received the degree of died D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Dr. Bellamy was a man of commanding presence and possessed much natural humor. His works are: " True Religion Delineated" (1750); " Theron, Paulinus, and Aspasia," a collection of letters and dialogues (1759) ; "A Letter to Seripturista" (1760);" The Nature and Glory of the Gospel" (1762) ; " The Law our Schoolmaster" (1762) ; "The Half-Way Covenant" (1769) ; "Four Dialogues between a Minister and his Parishioner" (1769); and a large number of sermons. An edition of his entire works appeared after his death (3 vols., New York, 1811), and another, with a memoir by Dr. T. Edwards, was published by the doctrinal tract society (2 vols., 1850).
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