Educated Clergy Scottish Theological Education and Training in the Kirk and Secession, 1560-1850

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Scotland has long been known for its emphasis upon ?an educated clergy? yet little serious historical attention has been given to how this was actually fostered. This book provides a resource to this subject as it relates to the Church of Scotland and to the Seceders.Part One commences with a breif survey of Continental Reformed theological education and training before turning specifically to the Kirk in Scotland. The author has organised Kirk and theological education under six periods. Analyses of official documents, student memoirs, church court involvement, curriculum and professors are surveyed in each period noting significant developments with the result that the shape and contour of Kirk theological education and training are formulated.The Second Part of the book examines a long neglected area, the Seceders. The author leads the reader through an incredibly complex branch of the Scottish Church, with its myriad divisions. This part provides a mine of information and understanding of Scottish Dissenting Presbyterianism prior to the Disruption period.The smallest portion of the book, Part Three, proceeds to take this Scottish background and apply it to a case study of theological education in British North America, 1820â"1843. While the book does not purport to be a modern missiological study of a mother church's involvement in a mission field context, the missiologist cannot help but see modern pertinence.Although a thoroughly historical study in Scottish church history and historical theology, the book also serves as a springboard for reflection and application to the work of theological education today within the evangelical Presbyterian and Reformed community. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Scotland has long been known for its emphasis upon an educated clergy yet little serious historical attention has been given to how this was actually fostered. This book provides a resource to this subject as it relates to the Church of Scotland and to the Seceders. Part One commences with a brief survey of Continental Reformed theological education and training before turning specifically to the Kirk in Scotland. The author has organised Kirk and theological education under six periods. Analyses of official documents, student memoirs, church court involvement, curriculum and professors are surveyed in each period noting significant developments with the result that the shape and contour of Kirk theological education and training are formulated. The Second Part of the book examines a long neglected area, the Seceders. The author leads the reader through an incredibly complex branch of the Scottish Church, with its myriad divisions. This part provides a mine of information and understanding of Scottish Dissenting Presbyterianism prior to the Disruption period. The smallest portion of the book, Part Three, proceeds to take this Scottish background and apply it to a case study of theological education in British North America,1820-1843. While the book does not purport to be a modern missiological study of a mother churchs involvement in a mission field context, the missiologist cannot help but see modern pertinence. Although a thoroughly historical study in Scottish church history and historical theology, the book serves as a springboard for reflection and application to the work of theological education today within the evangelical Presbyterian and Reformed community.

Review: Dr Jack Whytock provides in one volume the first comprehensive survey of the development of theological education in Scotland. While his attention is directed particularly to the Secession tradition, this is also a useful introduction to the history of theological education in the Kirk. Whytocks concluding case study, looking at the synergies in theological education between Scotland and British North America, points towards future areas of research for Presbyterian historians overseas. The book ends on a practical note and is a must read, not only for church historians, but anyone interested in contemporary theological education. --Stewart Gill, Principal, Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, Australia

Jack Whytocks An Educated Clergy is reminiscent of John MacLeods classic, Scottish Theology (1943), yet comes with the substantive documentation never provided in that war-era volume. Now others can go exploring bypaths of Scottish theology and theological training within and without the Church of Scotland across three crucial centuries. The wider global Presbyterian family stands enriched through Whytocks provision of this doorway. --Kenneth J. Stewart, Professor of Theological Studies, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA

Since Calvin stated in his Ecclesiastical Ordinances in 1541, It will be necessary to build a college, Presbyterians have supported the concept of an educated clergy. Dr Whytock has written the most comprehensive study of this principle in the Scottish Church spanning three centuries. He brings together in this study a wealth of information and reflection which enhances our knowledge of the professors, students, curriculum and locations which produced generations of Scottish church leaders. --Laurence S. Kirkpatrick, Vice Principal and Professor of Church History, Union Theological College, Belfast, N. Ireland

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