The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 5

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CHAPTER VIII
Scotland

In few countries over so long a time has the ministry of the Word been so highly prized and so conscientiously exercised as in Scotland. What is remarkable about Scottish preaching is the long continuity of a very distinct tradition beginning with John Knox and continuing through all the vicissitudes of a rather tumultuous history down to our own day. Scottish preaching has always had great variety, and yet it has consistently emphasized the exposition of Holy Scripture with a remarkable combination of high seriousness, evangelical passion, and solid learning.1


I. John Knox and His Lieutenants

There is no question but that John Knox is the prototype of Scottish preaching.2 He was a faithful disciple of the Continental Reformers in his

1. For general works on the church history of Scotland and the role of preaching in Scotland, see William Garden Blaikie, The Preachers of Scotland (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1888); John H. S. Burleigh, A Church History of Scotland (London: Oxford University Press, 1960); Gordon Donaldson, Faith of the Scots (London: Batsford, 1990); Donaldson, Scotland: James V to James VII, rev. ed., Edinburgh History of Scotland, vol. 3 (Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, 1987); Donaldson, “Scotland,” in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, 4 vols. (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), 4:28-31; Donaldson, The Scottish Reformation (reprint, Cambridge: University Press, 1979); James Kirk, Patterns of Reform (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1989); John Macleod, Scottish Theology in Relation to Church History Since the Reformation (Edinburgh and Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth Trust, 1974); and David McRoberts, ed., Essays on the Scottish Reformation (Glasgow: Burns, 1962).

2. For general works on the life and ministry of John Knox, see Pierre Janton, John

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface xiii
  • Chapter I - Moderatism 1
  • Chapter II - The Awakenings of Eighteenth-Century Pietism 69
  • Chapter III - New England 168
  • Chapter IV - Preaching in the Austro-Hungarian Empire 294
  • Chapter V - Franciscan Preaching in Spanish California 351
  • Chapter VI - Romanian Orthodoxy under the Turks 367
  • Chapter VII - The Russian Orthodox Church 389
  • Chapter VIII - Scotland 429
  • Chapter IX - Evangelical Anglicanism 541
  • Bibliography 579
  • Index 601
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