Macintosh, Douglas Clyde


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Douglas C. Macintosh was born on 18 February 1877 in Breadalbane, Ontario, Canada. His family was devoutly religious; his father was a descendant of Scottish Baptists and his mother a descendant of Congregational Puritans reaching back to John Cotton. Add to this the warming effects of revivalism and you have the piety of “traditional evangelical Christianity,” the essence of which Macintosh claimed as his own throughout his life. This piety stressed personal religious experience manifested in conversion to God and a life guided by faith in God and the values of the Christian gospel. Macintosh became an ordained minister of the Baptist Church, and his higher education began at McMaster University in 1899 where he graduated with a BA in philosophy in 1903. He then went to the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he received his PhD in 1909. After a brief appointment as professor of biblical and systematic theology at Brandon College in Ontario, he joined the faculty of Yale University Divinity School in 1909 as a professor of theology. He was Dwight Professor of Theology in the Divinity School from 1916 to 1942, and professor of theology and philosophy of religion in the Graduate School from 1933 to 1942. Macintosh remained a Canadian citizen throughout his life, which ended on 6 July 1948 in Hamden, Connecticut.


From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.

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