Conversion at Kilmany

Stewart J. Brown

in Thomas Chalmers and the Godly Commonwealth in Scotland

Published in print January 1983 | ISBN: 9780192131140
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670039 | DOI:
Conversion at Kilmany

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The Church of Scotland was organized on the presbyterian model, with ecclesiastical law defined and enforced by a hierarchy of Church courts. Two clerical factions developed. Each party represented a distinct interpretation both of the Calvinist orthodoxy of the Westminster Confession of Faith, and of proper ecclesiastical order within the Establishment. Despite his initial lack of enthusiasm, in early February 1811, Chalmers appeared upon the quiet, Moderate-dominated religious scene of northern Fife as an impassioned Evangelical preacher. His preaching began attracting large crowds to Kilmany. His conversion coincided with Scotland's second wave of enthusiasm for overseas mission. This chapter narrates Chalmers poor-relief policies. By May 1816, he had come to realize that the urban environment of the rapidly growing towns and cities of Scotland was radically different from the agrarian community of Kilmany.

Keywords: Established Church of Scotland; presbyterian; Calvinism; Westminster Confession of Faith; Kilmany; Scotland; poor-relief policy

Chapter.  22018 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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