A Schism Defined

David George Mullan

in Scottish Puritanism, 1590-1638

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198269977
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600715 | DOI:
 A Schism Defined

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Predestination was a required belief right from the Scots Confession of 1560. Knox wrote a lengthy tract on the subject, and no committed Presbyterian ever challenged the doctrine. But Scottish divines were aware of the emergence of Arminianism in the Low Countries and cautioned against it, though their use of the term tended in the direction of English usage, to describe the programme of ‘high’ church reform urged by William Laud and his associates. In the 1630s, there were a few Scottish critics of the Reformation doctrine, and it appears that St Andrews was the focal point of its rather limited presence in the country. Those who leaned toward a less than enthusiastic embrace of Augustinian and Calvinist predestinarian doctrine and toward an acceptance of liturgical changes, Episcopal polity, and the royal supremacy placed a greater value than Presbyterians on the authority of Christian antiquity.

Keywords: Arminianism; Christian antiquity; predestination

Chapter.  17658 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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