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The History of Scottish Theology, Volume ICeltic Origins to Reformed Orthodoxy$
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David Fergusson and Mark W. Elliott

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198759331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198759331.001.0001

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

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

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(p.210) 15 Spiritual Theology in Bruce, Howie, Johnston, Boyd, and Leighton
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The History of Scottish Theology, Volume I
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Mark W. Elliott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198759331.003.0015

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.

Keywords:   spirituality, Reformed theology, Eucharist, mystery, quietism

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