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- Author: Ralph Erskine
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- Suggest New Tag:: Calvinism, Irvingism, universalism
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Calvinism, Irvingism, universalism
THOMAS ERSKINE (of Linlathen) (1788–1870), outstanding Scottish lay theologian, who combined the roles of leisurely laird and theological author and correspondent. Denominationally uncommitted, Erskine travelled theologically from an initial Calvinism, through Irvingism, to a final, but far from easygoing, universalism.
His first book, Remarks on the Internal Evidence for the Truth of Revealed Religion (1820), argued that Christianity’s truth was demonstrated by its correspondence with man’s moral needs. It was well received by the orthodox world. His Unconditional Freeness of the Gospel (1828), however, provoked bitter criticism for its advocacy of universal atonement.
In 1828 Erskine met John McLeod Campbell, and enthusiastically supported him during his trial and deposition from the Church of Scotland. They became lifelong friends. Campbell’s mature Christology is seminally present in Erskine’s Brazen Serpent (1831). Erskine also encountered Edward Irving at this period, and adopted his views on premillennialism, Christ’s humanity and the gifts of the Spirit. The Doctrine of Election (1837) concluded Erskine’s breach with Calvinism.
Erskine’s thought shows increasing preoccupation with conscience as the criterion of truth. He regarded God as a universal Father who is educating all men into a filial relationship with himself, and in later years saw the ultimate salvation of all as the essential gospel. Always a deeply pious and charming man, Erskine’s writings and personal influence contributed notably to the liberalizing of 19th-century British theology.
The following topical files are included with this resource:
Erskine, Ralph - The Spiritual Feelings of Believers and Hypocrites Compared.topx
Erskine, Ralph - True Lovers of God Highly Privileged.topx
Erskine, Ralph - Unbelievers' Joy in the Word.topx
Erskine, Ralph - What is that Good that All Things Shall Work For.topx
Erskine, Ralph - What It Means to be Dead to the Law.topx
Erskine, Ralph - What Sinners Should Plead with God.topx
Erskine, Ralph - A Legal Strain of Doctrine.topx
Erskine, Ralph - A Song of Praise to God.topx
Erskine, Ralph - A Word of Salvation Sent To Sinners.topx
Erskine, Ralph - Against A Legal Spirit.topx
Erskine, Ralph - An Exhortation to All Apart from Christ.topx
Erskine, Ralph - Arminian Doctrine Exposed.topx
Erskine, Ralph - Beauty of Erskine (sermon extracts).topx
Erskine, Ralph - Christ's Treasures Opened by Himself.topx
Erskine, Ralph - Faith & Sense.topx
Erskine, Ralph - God's Great Name, the Ground, and Reason of Saving Great Sinners.topx
Erskine, Ralph - Gospel Humiliation.topx
Erskine, Ralph - Gospel Sonnets, Poems on Gospel Themes.topx
Erskine, Ralph - Heaven's Grand Repository.topx
Erskine, Ralph - How a Sinner Becomes a Believer.topx
Erskine, Ralph - Improve God's Name.topx
Erskine, Ralph - Man's Fall in Adam & the Remedy in Christ.topx
Erskine, Ralph - Objections Against Receiving Christ Answered.topx
Erskine, Ralph - Scripture Songs, Poems that Paraphrase Scripture Texts.topx
Erskine, Ralph - Smoking Spiritualized.topx
Erskine, Ralph - The Believer's Principles Concerning The Law & The Gospel.topx
Erskine, Ralph - The Best Match.topx
Erskine, Ralph - The Difference Between Legal and Gospel Mortification.topx
Erskine, Ralph - The Joyful Sound of the Gospel.topx