Chapter

Introduction

Jonathan Yeager

in Enlightened Evangelicalism

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199772551
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895144 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772551.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter introduces Erskine, his character, significance as an evangelical and adherent of Moderate Enlightenment thought, and his place within the Scottish Enlightenment. A key evangelical in the Church of Scotland, Erskine co-pastored with William Robertson at the prestigious Old Greyfriars Church in Edinburgh, distinguished himself as an erudite theologian, engaged in controversy with John Wesley, and corresponded with several notable evangelicals in America, Britain, and the continent, including Jonathan Edwards, Joseph Bellamy, and John Ryland Jr. The main argument, as described in the introduction, is that Erskine's significance was not as a preacher or theologian, but as a propagator of information, particularly through the books that he sent to his ever-growing list of contacts.

Keywords: Erskine; disseminator; Moderates; evangelicalism; Enlightenment; Scotland

Chapter.  8953 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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