William Forbes

(1585—1634) bishop of Edinburgh

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(1585–1634), first Bp. of Edinburgh. A native of Aberdeen, he was educated at Marischal College in the town, where he was for a time professor of logic. After holding various offices, he was appointed by Charles I Bp. of Edinburgh in 1634, but died two months later. He is remembered esp. for his erudite Considerationes modestae et pacificae controversiarum de Justificatione, Purgatorio, Invocatione Sanctorum, Christo Mediatore et Eucharistia, published posthumously in 1658. It shows Forbes as a strong High Churchman, keen on reconciliation with Rome and zealous for episcopacy. In his treatment of the Eucharist he defended a doctrine of the Real Presence; and though he criticized the doctrine of transubstantiation, he denied that it was heretical. He also held that the Eucharist was a propitiatory sacrifice.

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