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The Prospective Pastor

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/9780199772551.003.0002
The Prospective Pastor

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This chapter provides an account of Erskine's education and explanation for his desire to become a minister in the Church of Scotland. His father and grandfather studied law, the former serving as Edinburgh University's professor of municipal law. It seemed all but certain that Erskine would follow his father's footsteps and study law before going on to become a barrister. But after witnessing the dramatic revivals that took place in Cambuslang and Kilsyth in 1742, Erskine determined to change his course of study and enroll at the divinity hall with the intent of entering the ministry. He became convinced that the role of a minister would be more fulfilling for him than the vocation of a lawyer.

Keywords: Erskine; Cambuslang; Kilsyth; revival; Scotland; Alexander Webster; Thomas Gillespie; George Whitefield; Edinburgh University

Chapter.  7317 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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