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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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The Covenant Idea in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Scotland

The Covenant Idea in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Scotland

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(p.238) 17 The Covenant Idea in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Scotland
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The History of Scottish Theology, Volume I
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Guy M. Richard

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198759331.003.0017

This chapter discusses the idea of the covenant in the middle of the seventeenth century in Scotland. It argues that this idea was distinctive within Scotland because of the unique historical context of the nation at the time. The ancient Scottish tradition of making alliances to defend oneself, the legacy of John Knox, and the mainstream of Reformation thinking in regard to federal theology all ensured that the covenant concept would give men like Samuel Rutherford, David Dickson, James Durham, and Patrick Gillespie a way to impress the truths of the Reformation as powerfully as possible upon the hearts and minds of the Scottish people. And, by doing so, it enabled them to work as effectively as possible to complete the Reformation in their home country.

Keywords:   federal, covenant, theology, Scotland, Rutherford, Gillespie, Dickson, Durham, Reformation, impression

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