The History of Scottish Theology, Volume I Celtic Origins to Reformed Orthodoxy

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  • Copyright: 2019-10-29
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This three-volume work comprises over eighty essays surveying the history of Scottish theology from the early middle ages onwards. Written by an international team of scholars, the collection provides the most comprehensive review yet of the theological movements, figures, and themes that have shaped Scottish culture and exercised a significant influence in other parts of the world. Attention is given to different traditions and to the dispersion of Scottish theology through exile, migration, and missionary activity.

The volumes present in diachronic perspective the theologies that have flourished in Scotland from early monasticism until the end of the twentieth century. The History of Scottish Theology, Volume I covers the period from the appearance of Christianity around the time of Columba to the era of Reformed Orthodoxy in the seventeenth century. Volume II begins with the early Enlightenment and concludes in late Victorian Scotland. Volume III explores the 'long twentieth century'. Recurrent themes and challenges are assessed, but also new currents and theological movements that arose through Renaissance humanism, Reformation teaching, federal theology, the Scottish Enlightenment, evangelicalism, missionary, Biblical criticism, idealist philosophy, dialectical theology, and existentialism. Chapters also consider the Scots Catholic colleges in Europe, Gaelic women writers, philosophical scepticism, the dialogue with science, and the reception of theology in liturgy, hymnody, art, literature, architecture, and stained glass. Contributors also discuss the treatment of theological themes in Scottish literature.

Author Biography

David Fergusson, Professor of Divinity, University of Edinburgh,Mark W. Elliott, Professor of Historical and Biblical Theology, University of St Andrews

David Fergusson is Professor of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the British Academy. His publications include The Providence of God: A Polyphonic Approach (2018) and Faith and Its Critics: A Conversation (2009).

Mark W. Elliott is Professor of Historical and Biblical Theology at the University of St Andrews at St Mary's College, School of Divinity. Glaswegian by birth, he was further educated at Oxford, Aberdeen and Cambridge, where he wrote a PhD on The Song of Songs and Christology in the Early Church. Before St Andrews he taught at Nottingham University and Liverpool Hope. His main focus is the relationship between biblical exegesis and Christian doctrine, both ancient and modern, but has a particular interest in Scottish theology in its international context.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1. Introduction, David Fergusson and Mark W. Elliott
2. Theology in Scotland before Scholasticism, Thomas O Loughlin
3. Richard of St Victor, Lydia Schumacher
4. Adam of Dryburgh, Peter Damian
5. Liturgical Theology before 1600, Stephen Mark Holmes
6. Duns Scotus, Richard Cross
7. John Ireland and the Transformation of Scotist Theology, Simon J. G. Burton
8. John Mair as Theologian, John Slotemaker
9. Sixteenth-Century Philosophy and Theology after John Mair, Giovanni Gellera
10. John Knox and Andrew Melville, Euan Cameron
11. Political and Ecclesial Theology in the Sixteenth Century, Mark W. Elliott
12. The Bible in Sixteenth-Century Scotland, Iain R. Torrance
13. Habit and Belief in the Early Scottish Reformation, Martin Holt Dotterweich
14. Confessions and Catechisms to c.1620, Ian Hazlett
15. Spiritual Theology in Bruce, Howie, Johnston, Boyd, and Leighton, Mark W. Elliott
16. Federal Theology from the Reformation to c
17. The Covenant Idea in mid-seventeenth-century Scotland, Guy M. Richard
18. The Reformed Scholasticism of James Dundas, Alexander Broadie
19. The Theology of the Westminster Confession of Faith in its Context, Whitney G. Gamble
20. The Aberdeen Doctors and Henry Scougal, Aaron Clay Denlinger
21. Episcopalian spirituality: the Garden Brothers and Henry Scougal, Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendten
22. Early Modern French and Dutch Connections, James Eglinton
23. Early Modern Jurisprudence and Theology, Tom Green
24. The Marrow Controversy: Boston, Erskine, and Hadow, Stephen G. Myers
25. Boundaries of Scottish Reformed Orthodoxy 1560 1700, R. Scott Spurlock

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