The Presbyterian Review Volume 7

The Presbyterian Review Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...not only a prominent place in the writings of the Retormers, but is distinctly asserted and explained by Owen and Haliburton, and emphatically taught by the Westminster Confession itself. It had been rather lost sight of in the eighteenth century, but Erskine, in reviving it, erred by making natural reason and conscience the supreme standard in religion. Dr. Tulloch says that " he led in the great reaction against mere formal orthodoxy, and, for that part of the matter, formal rationalism which set in with the opening of the third decade of the century." The truth is that the reaction had already set in under evangelical auspices, and that Erskine did in no way impress his subjective tendency upon the theology of the Church of Scotland. The orthodox divines welcomed the line of thought on which Erskine was entering, but they soon came to discover that he was preparing the way for views that would be ultimately subversive of Westminster theology. It is a mistake lor Dr. Tulloch to represent the differences between Erskine and the orthodox divines of Scotland as conceptual rather than real, for he speaks of the melancholy fact that " men became excited over modes of language and sought to emphasize the difference rather than the identity of their Christian conceptions." For he himself says: "It must be said, also, that, while Erskine never personally attacked the dogmas of the Church, he yet, in all his writings, tended quietly to subvert them." He ought to have shown the essential inconsistencies of Erskine's theology, which was not identical with the Calvinistic Universalism of Amyraut, but was rather a form of the theology which later on denied the vicarious sacrifice of Christ, as well as the whole conception more

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  • English
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  • 9781236645739