Enlightened Evangelicalism: The Life And Thought Of John Erskine

Hardcover | April 16, 2011

byJonathan Yeager

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John Erskine was the leading evangelical in the Church of Scotland in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Educated at Edinburgh University, he learned to appreciate the epistemology of John Locke and other empiricists alongside key Scottish Enlightenment figures. As a clergyman, heintegrated the style and moral teachings of the Moderate Enlightenment into his discourses and posited new theories on traditional views of Calvinism in his theological treatises. While widely recognized as an able preacher and theologian, Erskine's primary contribution to evangelicalism was as a disseminator. He sent countless religious and philosophical works to correspondents like Jonathan Edwards so that he and others could learn about current ideas, update theirwritings, and provide an apologetic against perceived heretical authors. Erskine also was crucial in the publishing of books and pamphlets by some of the best evangelical theologians in America and Britain. Within his lifetime, Erskine's main contribution was as a propagator of an enlightened formof evangelicalism.While there is a great deal of scholarship on Jonathan Edwards and John Wesley, Yeager argues that it is time to expand the scholarship of eighteenth-century evangelicalism by turning to one of their lesser-studied colleagues. In this new biography of Erskine, Jonathan Yeager lays out the life andthought of a hitherto under-researched - yet, in his day, widely respected - preacher and gives Erskine the scholarly treatment that he so richly deserves.

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John Erskine was the leading evangelical in the Church of Scotland in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Educated at Edinburgh University, he learned to appreciate the epistemology of John Locke and other empiricists alongside key Scottish Enlightenment figures. As a clergyman, heintegrated the style and moral teachings of the ...

Jonathan Yeager earned a MCS and ThM in theology at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada and completed a PhD in history at the University of Stirling in Scotland. He is currently Assistant Professor of History at Liberty University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 16, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsAbbreviations1. Introduction2. The Prospective Pastor3. The Enlightened Preacher4. The Orthodox Preacher5. The Enlightened Theologian6. The Controversialist7. The Friend to America8. The Disseminator9. ConclusionBibliography