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Charles Haddon Spurgeon 1834 – 1892

February 25, 2010

Charles Haddon Spurgeon\** 1834 – 1892 was a British Particular Baptist preacher who remains highly influential among Christians of different denominations, among whom he is still known as the “Prince of Preachers”.

Spurgeon was a patient (Anon, The Chicago Medical Recorder, Volume 1, (Medical Recorder Publishing Company, 1891). Page 573) of Joseph Kidd, and he was a vegetarian (Anon, The Minnesota Medical Monthly, Volumes 1-3, (Homeopathic Publishing Company, 1887). Page 236), and he was a close friend of Charles Thomas Pearce and dined at his home (David Charles Manners (his 3rd great grandson), Noodles & Knaves: Dr. Charles Thomas Pearce (1815-1883) ‘Martyr of Homœopathy’,  (unpublished 2012)).

In 1891, allopathic physicians refused to attend (Anon, The Medical Advance, Volume 27, (J E Forrest, 1891). Pages 141 and 317) Spurgeon during an illness, because his usual physician was a homeopath,

From In his lifetime, Spurgeon preached to around 10,000,000 people, often up to 10 times each week at different places.

His sermons have been translated into many languages.

Spurgeon was the pastor of the congregation of the New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) in London for 38 years.

He was part of several controversies with the Baptist Union of Great Britain and later had to leave that denomination.

In 1857, he started a charity organization called Spurgeon’s which now works globally. He also founded Spurgeon’s College, which was named after him posthumously.

Spurgeon was a prolific author of many types of works including sermons, an autobiography, a commentary, books on prayer, a devotional, a magazine, poetry, hymnist, and more.

Many sermons were transcribed as he spoke and were translated into many languages during his lifetime.

Arguably, no other author, Christian or otherwise, has more material in print than Charles Haddon Spurgeon.