Jonathan Yeager

in Enlightened Evangelicalism

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199772551
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895144 | DOI:

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This final chapter sums up Erskine's significance, arguing that his major contribution to evangelicalism was as a disseminator of Moderate Enlightenment thought. Taught to appreciate the empiricism of Locke at Edinburgh University, Erskine utilized his knowledge to strengthen evangelical Calvinism. He integrated current rhetoric techniques and moral teachings that were common in the eighteenth century into his sermons and experimented with his treatises, while at the same time adhering to orthodox theology. Purposely diverting attention away from his own writings, Erskine spent most of his efforts promoting the abilities of other evangelicals, publishing their works and sending his correspondents countless books with the objective of keeping them abreast of the latest philosophical and theological ideas. When examining Erskine's life as a whole, the obvious conclusion is that he contributed greatly to evangelicalism as a disseminator.

Keywords: Erskine; Scotland; Moderates; Enlightenment; preaching; theology; dissemination

Chapter.  4151 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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