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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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Faith Restricted to the Mind

Faith Restricted to the Mind

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(p.242) 37 Faith Restricted to the Mind
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Early Evangelicalism
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John Erskine

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.003.0038

This chapter presents excerpts from John Erskine's theological treatise, The Nature of Christian Faith (1765), in which he argued that faith was simply the revelation of divine knowledge. Erskine witnessed the remarkable revivals at Cambuslang and Kilsyth in the summer and autumn of 1742, after which he decided to enter the ministry. He became friends with Jonathan Edwards, sending the latter hundreds of books and helping publish many of his posthumous works. Although he appreciated Edwards as a theological genius who bolstered evangelical Christianity, Erskine disagreed with him on the nature of salvation. In his theological treatise, Erskine arrived at the conclusion that true believers had received supernatural sight by God's Spirit whereby they could now see the truth: that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and the only means of salvation.

Keywords:   theological treatise, John Erskine, The Nature of Christian Faith, faith, Jonathan Edwards, Christianity, salvation, God, Jesus Christ

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