Spiritual theology in Bruce, Howie, Johnston, Boyd, and Leighton

Elliott, M. W. (2019) Spiritual theology in Bruce, Howie, Johnston, Boyd, and Leighton. In: Fergusson, D. and Elliott, M. W. (eds.) The History of Scottish Theology, Volume I: Celtic Origins to Reformed Orthodoxy. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 210-224. ISBN 9780198759331 (doi:10.1093/oso/9780198759331.003.0015)

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This chapter concerns itself with how Scottish Reformed theology could go in a different direction from that of the polemical and the systematic. The five theologians considered, namely Robert Bruce (1554–1631), Robert Howie (1565–1641), John Johnston (1565–1611), Robert Boyd (1578–1627), and Robert Leighton (1611–84), all evidence a firm knowledge of the latter and should not be seen as reacting against the theological mainstream, but rather as bringing Reformed theology into dialogue with principles and practices of the Christian life as well as biblical exegesis. Often writing and thinking in a way that shows ‘humanist’ training, they arrive at something that can best be called ‘Spiritual Theology’. In the course charted here, this grows from being located somewhere in the ‘background’ theological method to being foregrounded in the content. There are clear signs of strong continental influence, to a varying degree.

Item Type:Book Sections
Additional Information:e-ISBN: 9780191819889.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Elliott, Professor Mark
Authors: Elliott, M. W.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Published Online:01 October 2019
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