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dc.contributor.advisorBebbington, D. W. (David William)-
dc.contributor.authorYeager, Jonathan M.-
dc.description.abstractJohn Erskine was the leading Evangelical in the Church of Scotland in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Educated in an enlightened setting at Edinburgh University, he learned to appreciate the epistemology of John Locke and other empiricists alongside key Scottish Enlightenment figures such as his ecclesiastical rival, William Robertson. Although groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps as a lawyer, Erskine changed career paths in order to become a minister of the Kirk. He was deeply moved by the endemic revivals in the west of Scotland and determined that his contribution to the burgeoning Evangelical movement on both sides of the Atlantic would be much greater as a clergyman than a lawyer. Yet Erskine was no ‘enthusiast’. He integrated the style and moral teachings of the Enlightenment into his discourses and posited new theories on traditional views of Calvinism in his theological treatises. Erskine’s thought, however, never transgressed the boundaries of orthodoxy. His goal was to update Evangelical Calvinism with the new style and techniques of the Enlightenment without sacrificing the gospel message. While Erskine was widely recognised as an able preacher and theologian, his primary contribution to Evangelicalism was as a disseminator. He sent correspondents like the New England pastor Jonathan Edwards countless religious and philosophical works so that he and others could learn about current ideas, update their writings to conform to the Age of Reason and provide an apologetic against perceived heretical authors. Erskine also was crucial in the publishing of books and pamphlets by some of the best Evangelical theologians in America and Britain. Within his lifetime, Erskine’s main contribution to Evangelicalism was as a propagator of an enlightened form of Calvinism.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Stirlingen
dc.subjectJohn Erskine, Jonathan Edwards, Enlightenment, Scotland, eighteenth century, Popular party, Evangelicalismen
dc.subject.lcshEnlightenment Scotlanden
dc.subject.lcshEvangelicalism Scotland 18th centuryen
dc.subject.lcshChurch of Scotland History 18th centuryen
dc.subject.lcshErskine, John, 1721-1803en
dc.titleJohn Erskine (1721-1803): Disseminator of Enlightened Evangelical Calvinismen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophyen
dc.rights.embargoreasonI would like to delay access to my dissertation because I intend to publish it as a book.en
dc.contributor.affiliationSchool of Arts and Humanities-
dc.contributor.affiliationHistory and Politics-
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