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The Controversialist

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/9780199772551.003.0006
The Controversialist

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This chapter explains the limits of Erskine's religious charity as an eighteenth-century evangelical. The first part of the chapter looks at his involvement with John Wesley's ministry in Scotland, showing that he played a significant role in curbing the growth of Methodism in Scotland, and the second part delineates Erskine's view of Catholicism. The anti-Wesleyan and anti-Catholic response by Erskine presented in this chapter suggests that he rejected belief systems that he viewed with suspicion, either because, in the case of Methodism, he doubted the sincerity of Wesley, or, in the case of Catholicism, he believed it to be an anti-Enlightenment and superstitious religion.

Keywords: Erskine; Catholicism; John Wesley; Methodism; James Hervey; Theron and Aspasio; Scotland; George Hay; Jesuits

Chapter.  12030 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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