Essential Reading in the Scottish Presbyterian tradition

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  1. AV1611

    AV1611 Puritan Board Senior

    What is essential Reading in the Scottish Presbyterian tradition? :think:
     
  2. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Where do you start?

    George Gillespie's writings might be a good place.
     
  3. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    John Knox, especially Monstrous Regiment.
     
  4. N. Eshelman

    N. Eshelman Puritan Board Senior

    I would start with something more 'devotional' than Knox or Gillespie. I would start with Mc Cheyne's sermons or the writings of Andrew and Horatious Bonar. They are a good springboard into the Gillespie, Rutherford, etc. writing.
     
  5. ADKing

    ADKing Puritan Board Junior

    It depends on what you are after: sermons? theology? polemics? an overview of the distinctives?

    A very helpful volume, if you can get it these days is "The Dictonary of Scottish Church History and Theology" edited by David Wright, David Lachman and Donald Meek. It is not something you read through but it is invaluable for understanding the tradition (and its offshoots)
     
  6. AV1611

    AV1611 Puritan Board Senior

    A list of key writers and their works that would include all of the above. I am aware of Dickson, Gillespie, Durham, M'Cheyne and Rutherford. But other than that....
     
  7. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    :up:Very true. Use the DSCH&T in conjunction with reputable introductory or survey studies of the Scottish theologians.

    The following come to mind which are either broader or more narrow in focus:

    John MacPherson, The doctrine of the Church in Scottish theology (Chalmers lectures). Edinburgh: Macniven & Wallace, 1903.

    James Walker, The Theology And Theologians Of Scotland (Edinburgh, T. & T. Clark, 1888; Rpt. Edinburgh : Knox Press, 1982).

    Other works that have built on the "fathers" such as Bannerman's Church of Christ (rpt. Banner of Truth Trust, 1960) are also good works to discover and jump into the original works referenced. Or you can use works on particular men in the same way such as John Coffey's Politics, Religion and the British Revolutions The Mind of Samuel Rutherford. Cambridge studies in early modern British history (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1997) and W. D. J. McKay's An Ecclesiastical Republic: Church Government in the Writings of George Gillespie (Carlisle, Cumbria, U.K.: Published for Rutherford House by Paternoster Press, 1997).
     
  8. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    I forgot:
    John Macleod, Scottish Theology in Relation to Church History Since the Reformation. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1974.
    Three of the common intros: Macleod, Walker and MacPherson.

     
  9. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    Also, if you really want to be into Scottish Presbyterian history get about anything by David Hay Fleming. His 666 page history of the Reformation in Scotland is still considered a standard I think (page length a bit of irony;)). I have three of his shorter works collected into one volume available at http://www.naphtali.com; RHB also sells it.
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  10. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    Here is a Worldcat search if you are interested in seeing a quick bibliography of DHF's works. Also, a pretty comprehensive bibliography is given in his biography by Patton.
    Results for 'au:David Hay Fleming' [WorldCat.org]

    • Paton, Henry. David Hay Fleming, Historian and Antiquary. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1934.
     
  11. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    :lol: Somebody tell Jack Chick...quick.
     
  12. Glenn Ferrell

    Glenn Ferrell Puritan Board Junior

    Thomas McCrie's Story of the Scottish Church was devotional reading for me, often bringing tears to my eyes and prompting me to prayer.

    Also, the history of the Free Church of Scotland arising out of the Disruption of 1843 is essential to an understanding of faithful continuing confessional Presbyterianism in Scotland.
     
  13. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    This is not a complete, comprehensive list but a beginning concerning the most notable Scottish theologians and historians to read. Hope it helps.

    Theologians

    16th Century
    John Knox
    Robert Rollock

    17th Century
    Samuel Rutherford
    George Gillespie
    Hugh Binning
    James Durham
    David Dickson
    Andrew Gray
    William Guthrie
    Henry Scougal
    Robert Traill
    David Calderwood
    Alexander Henderson

    18th Century
    John Brown of Haddington
    Thomas Boston
    Ebenezer Erskine
    Ralph Erskine
    Thomas Halyburton
    James Fraser of Brea

    19th Century
    George Smeaton
    William Cunningham
    James Bannerman
    James Begg
    J.A. Wylie
    Thomas Chalmers
    Thomas M'Crie the Elder
    William Symington
    John Duncan
    John Kennedy of Dingwall
    Patrick Fairbairn
    Robert Candlish
    Robert M. M'Cheyne
    Andrew Bonar
    Horatius Bonar
    Robert Shaw
    John Brown of Edinburgh
    James Hamilton
    John Dick
    John Eadie
    David Brown
    James Buchanan
    William Binnie

    20th Century
    John Murray


    Historians

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