William McKerrow (1803–1878)

Ian J. Shaw

in High Calvinists in Action

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780199250776
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600739 | DOI:
 William McKerrow (1803–1878)

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As a Scottish Presbyterian in the United Presbyterian Church and initially one of its formative bodies, the Secession Church, William McKerrow upheld the evangelical Calvinism of his denomination. Ministering in the same Manchester context as William Nunn and William Gadsby, McKerrow's different theological perspective shaped his response to urban need, allowing greater latitude for pan‐evangelicalism. His social concern and political theology shared the radicalism of Gadsby, but he ventured further into the political field, openly embracing a number of causes, including the campaign for the repeal of the Corn Laws, calls by Dissenters for religious voluntarism, and the movement for ‘secular’ non‐sectarian education.

Keywords: Dissenters; education; evangelical Calvinism; Corn Laws; Manchester; William McKerrow; political theology; Presbyterian; social concern; voluntaryism

Chapter.  18960 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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