Laws of the Spiritual Order: Innovation and Reconstruction in the Soteriology of Thomas Erskine of Linlathen

Laws of the Spiritual Order: Innovation and Reconstruction in the Soteriology of Thomas Erskine of Linlathen

by Don Horrocks


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Laws of the Spiritual Order: Innovation and Reconstruction in the Soteriology of Thomas Erskine of Linlathen by Don Horrocks

Don Horrocks argues that Thomas Erskine's unique historical and theological significance as a soteriological innovator has been neglected.This timely reassessment reveals Erskine as a creative radical theologian of central and enduring importance in Scottish nineteenth century theology perhaps equivalent in significance to that of S.T.Coleridge in England.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781842271926
Publisher: Authentic UK
Publication date: 12/01/2003
Series: Studies in Evangelical History and Thought
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Don Horrocks spent twenty-five years in business in corporate banking and management consultancy. He completed his Ph.D. on which this work is based at London Bible College in 2002. He has headed up the Evangelical Alliance's Policy Commission for four years. He was appointed Public Affairs Manager for the Alliance in September 2001. He has edited books on transsexuality and on GM Crops and Foods for the Evangelical Alliance Policy Commission. A Research Associate at London School of Theology, he is married with three children.

Table of Contents

Foreword     xiii
Preface and Acknowledgements     xv
Abbreviations     xvii
Introduction     1
Perceptions of Thomas Erskine     1
Erskine's Scottish Setting     9
Erskine and John McLeod Campbell     13
Objectives of this Book     15
Thomas Erskine as Eclectic Soteriological Innovator     19
Introducing Erskine's Soteriological Thought     21
Re-educating Perceptions of God     27
Introduction     27
The Cruciality of Divine Character     28
Relational Trinitarianism     33
Eternal Sonship     36
The Holy Spirit     38
Divine and Human Relationality     41
Summary     44
Revelation and the Location of Authority     46
Introduction     46
The Nature of Evidence     49
Conscience     53
Laws of the Spiritual Order     58
Salvific Knowledge     66
The Nature of Saving Faith     69
Faith, Knowledge and Understanding     77
Hermeneutical Implications     79
Justification by Faith     81
Doctrine, Bible and Creed     88
Summary     93
Salvation - Its Extent and Nature     94
Introduction     94
Universal Pardon and Assurance     96
The Doctrine of the Atonement     101
Introduction     101
The Nature of Atonement     105
Suffering and Sacrifice     110
Propitiation     117
The Nature of Sin     120
The Place of Election     126
Summary     130
Erskine and Theological Controversy     131
Introduction     131
Scottish Reaction-J.A. Haldane     132
The Soteriological Role of the Spirit     135
Newman's 'Rationalistic' Concerns     145
Erskine's Theology of Conversion     149
Summary     159
Erskine's Reconstructive Eclectic Soteriology in its Wider Setting     163
Erskine and his Nineteenth-Century Context     165
Erskine's Sources     172
Introduction     172
Mystical Theology     176
William Law     180
William Law and the Influence of Edward Irving     187
Summary     192
Erskine in a Reconstructive Victorian Context      194
Introduction     194
The Divine Purpose     195
Erskine and Nineteenth-Century Incarnational Soteriology     203
R.H. Hutton     205
F.D. Maurice     209
Moral Idealism     211
The Notion of Sacrifice     217
Horace Bushnell     219
F.W. Robertson     220
F.D. Maurice and R.S. Candlish     221
Summary     224
Erskine in a Reconstructive Continental Context     225
Introduction     225
The Extent of German and Romantic Influence     226
Erskine and the Continent     230
Erskine's Relation to German Theology     235
Augustus Tholuck     238
Richard Rothe     239
Erskine's Assimilation of German Thought     244
Charles Hodge     250
Summary     251
Concluding Comments     253
Thomas Erskine and Kant in the Nineteenth Century     265
Thomas Erskine, William Ellery Channing and the Unitarians     268
Thomas Erskine and Biblical Criticism     272
Thomas Erskine and the Implications of Sandemanianism     278
Thomas Erskine and Moral Government      289
Bibliography     297
Index of Subjects     349
Index of Persons     357

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