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The Friend to America

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/9780199772551.003.0007
The Friend to America

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This chapter surveys Erskine's sympathy for America, viewed by him as a burgeoning godly territory for the growth of evangelicalism. In the wake of the revivals in America and Britain in the 1730s and 1740s, he had established correspondences with several Americans, mostly other ministers, and eventually becoming a key propagator of the theology of Jonathan Edwards. Demonstrating his support for America, Erskine penned three apparently radical pamphlets in which he depicted Britain as unfairly treating her colonies. Once war broke out, and because he had already been corresponding for years with a number of American ministers connected with the transatlantic revival, Erskine remained sympathetic to the colonists' grievances against Britain.

Keywords: Erskine; America; Britain; Revolutionary War; John Witherspoon; Charles Nisbet; Jonathan Edwards; Benjamin Rush

Chapter.  10524 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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