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The Orthodox 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/9780199772551.003.0004
The Orthodox Preacher

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This chapter balances the previous one by examining the theological content of Erskine's sermons, showing that he was not so “enlightened” that he abandoned traditional Calvinism. On the contrary, Erskine preached human depravity, the importance of Christ's atonement, and salvation strictly for the elect, themes often ridiculed or discarded by other eighteenth-century clerics who advocated simple moralism and a soteriology dependent on free will and good works. By retaining a conservative form of Calvinism, Erskine had much in common with the English Puritans and seventeenth-century Scottish divines. But Erskine's sermons were fundamentally based on reason. Within his discourses, most of his statements were buttressed by reasonable arguments so that they would be appreciated on an intellectual level.

Keywords: preaching; Calvinism; Puritanism; Thomas Boston; Christology; soteriology; imputed righteousness; election

Chapter.  7934 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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