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Scougal’s <i>The life of God in the soul of man</i>

Isabel Rivers

in Philosophy and Religion in Enlightenment Britain

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199227044
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739309 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227044.003.0003
Scougal’s The life of God in the soul of man

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This chapter analyses the ways in which this influential devotional work by a Scottish Episcopalian minister and professor of divinity was edited and adapted for different denominations and communities during a period of over 150 years. The manuscript has not previously been described. The principal editions were by the latitudinarian Gilbert Burnet, the Scottish Episcopalian Patrick Cockburn, the Scottish moderate Presbyterian William Wishart, the Arminian Methodist John Wesley, the American Episcopalian William Smith, the Baptist Unitarian Joshua Toulmin, and the Church of Ireland bishop John Jebb. Scougal’s book was transformed from an originally private letter to a female friend into a public means of educating new generations of readers, clerical and lay, male and female, rich and poor, and of combating what its editors from their very different perspectives perceived to be their contemporaries’ false representations of religion.

Keywords: devotional writing; Episcopalian; latitudinarian; Presbyterian; Methodist; Unitarian; Henry Scougal

Chapter.  15151 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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