Boundaries of Scottish Reformed orthodoxy, 1560–1700

Spurlock, R. S. (2019) Boundaries of Scottish Reformed orthodoxy, 1560–1700. In: Fergusson, D. and Elliott, M. W. (eds.) The History of Scottish Theology, Volume 1: Celtic Origins to Reformed Orthodoxy. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 359-376. ISBN 9780198759331 (doi: 10.1093/oso/9780198759331.003.0025)

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Protestant Scotland demonstrated a remarkable unity and unparalleled resistance to schism in its first century. This article addresses the core principles that facilitated resistance to diversification and the degree to which Reformed theology framed Scottish understandings of both the nation as church and the nature of a Christian Commonwealth. These views were rooted in the Scottish Protestantism from the beginning in the confession of faith, liturgy, secular and ecclesiastical legislation, and theological formulations, and can be traced back directly to Knox’s experience in Geneva. This chapter explores the strengths and weaknesses of Reformed theological solidarity in early modern Scotland, as well as its points of strain, eventual fragmentation and dissent.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Covenant, Reformed theology, federalism, ecclesiology, Calvin, John Knox, covenanters, Robert Barclay.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Spurlock, Professor Scott
Authors: Spurlock, R. S.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BT Doctrinal Theology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Oxford University Press
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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