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The Disseminator

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/9780199772551.003.0008
The Disseminator

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This chapter explores the breadth of Erskine's role as a disseminator through the literature that he sent to America, Britain, and Europe. Erskine posted books to his correspondents for a variety of reasons. Sometimes he received specific requests for material on a particular subject, as was often the case with Jonathan Edwards, or he might send the latest theological publications by authors with heterodox views to capable evangelical theologians like Joseph Bellamy with the intent that they write polemics as a response to these writings. Regardless of whether Erskine was working towards publishing the posthumous manuscripts of Jonathan Edwards, forwarding books to his friends, or filling the bare shelves of fledgling institutions such as the College of New Jersey, Yale, and Dickinson College, his goal was to enlighten his recipients to current works in print in order to strengthen evangelicalism.

Keywords: Erskine; dissemination; William Gray; Margaret Gray; Jonathan Edwards; Joseph Bellamy

Chapter.  14269 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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