book report: Samson Occom - Card shark

Nowadays, many Americans associate native Americans with casinos. Samson Occom, Mohegan evangelist in the 18th century invented a missionary tool called "Christian cards." He dealt them out to provoke spiritual discussions with his listeners. Love writes
In the evenings when no neighborhood meeting could be held, he gathered the young people about the pioneer's fireside, and entertained and instructed the with a gae which he had devised, called "Christian cards." These were versified passages of Scripture printed on cardboard, which he ave out to the company and as they were read he offered some comments upon them. He seems to have had an Old Testament and New TEstament pack; and the art was in the appropriateness of the card to the person, at which religious dealing the Reverend Occom was doubtless expert, though he does not instances when one "did not get the card which he intended." p.278

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Jeff Siemers said…
I was just remembering this today or yesterday(about Occom's Christian cards...)...
Occom was quite a man, a shame that white ministers didn't allow him to make a living as a preacher/missionary, but he still preached and ministered to both Indians and whites and to support his family, he fished, hunted, built wooden utensils like urns, bound books, picked ginseng....am i missing anything?
Jeff Siemers said…
I was just remembering this today or yesterday(about Occom's Christian cards...)...
Occom was quite a man, a shame that white ministers didn't allow him to make a living as a preacher/missionary, but he still preached and ministered to both Indians and whites and to support his family, he fished, hunted, built wooden utensils like urns, bound books, picked ginseng....am i missing anything?

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