In 1860, nineteen-year-old James Armour, a Presbyterian from north Antrim, wrote a letter to his friend James Megaw with his opinion of the intellectual atmosphere at Queen’s University Belfast. He criticized the lack of religious fervour among students of divinity who he felt were attracted by the social prestige rather than the spiritual vocation of a ministerial career. He stated, ‘Many choose it [the church] from a desire of show and of having a respectable position in society; others for the sake of the L. S. D., others again for the sake of being called great but the greater number from the ambition of their parents.’...
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