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The Enlightened Preacher

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/9780199772551.003.0003
The Enlightened Preacher

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This chapter analyzes the style and content of Erskine's preaching. After providing a context to Erskine's pastorates at Culross, Kirkintilloch, and Edinburgh, and briefly touching on his dual life as a laird and minister, it is shown that he adopted the rhetoric that was typical in sermons by such notable preachers as William Robertson, Hugh Blair, and George Campbell without compromising his evangelical beliefs. Erskine followed Campbell by simplifying his sermons so that there would be roughly one main argument supported by only a few subordinate points and was in many ways no different than Hugh Blair by preaching sermons with similar Stoic moral themes. As opposed to the repetitive nature of sermons by many seventeenth-century divines, Erskine offered a concise homily that incorporated modern expression.

Keywords: Erskine; preaching; Culross; Kirkintilloch; Edinburgh; Old Greyfriars; William Robertson; George Campbell; Hugh Blair; Stoicism

Chapter.  12456 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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