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The Enlightened Theologian

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/9780199772551.003.0005
The Enlightened Theologian

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This chapter provides a summary and analysis of Erskine's five theological treatises. Here, he experimented with different ideas on the nature of the Mosaic and New Testament covenants, what it means to have faith, the reliability of natural religion as a way of determining the existence of God, and the frequency of practicing communion. In these separate essays, Erskine demonstrated his logic as well as his philosophical and theological acumen. He was not simply repeating the ideas of other authors; he was interacting with the thought of some influential divines in order to put forth his own conclusions. By including Erskine's theology, the intent is to show his willingness to experiment with ideas and test his assumptions.

Keywords: Erskine; theology; William Warburton; John Glas; Robert Sandeman; John Locke; faith; communion; natural religion

Chapter.  10792 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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