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The Scottish covenanters : their origins, history, and distinctive doctrines

Author: Johannes Geerhardus Vos
Publisher: Edinburgh : Blue Banner Productions, ©1998.
Dissertation: Graduate Certificate Westminster Theological Seminary 1938
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Johannes Geerhardus Vos
ISBN: 0951148443 9780951148440
OCLC Number: 39154732
Notes: "First published 1940, reprinted 1980 ... This edition is re-set and reprinted."
Description: 231 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Part I: The origins of the Covenanter --
I. The background of the covenanting movement: an outline of the first Reformation in Scotland, 1560-1567 : Antecedents of the Reformation ; John Knox, the leader of the Reformation ; The legal abolition of Roman Catholicism ; The character of the Reformed Church of Scotland ; The relation between church and state, 1560-1567 --
II. Struggles between presbytery and prelacy, 1567-1637 : Introduction of Tulchan Bishops, 1572 ; Andrew Melville leader against prelacy ; Anti-prelatic actions of the General Assembly ; The Great Charter of Presbytery, 1592 ; Introduction of "perpetual moderators", 1607 ; Introduction of complete episcopacy, 1612 ; The Five Articles of Perth, 1618 ; The controversy about the Book of Canons, 1636 ; The controversy about the liturgy, 1637 --
III. The period of the second Reformation, 1637-1651 : The "four tables", 1637 ; The National Covenant of Scotland, 1638 ; Royal opposition to ecclesiastical reform, 1638 ; The General Assembly of 1638 ; Continued royal opposition to reform ; The Solemn League and Covenant, 1643 ; The Westminster Assembly, 1643-1649 ; The Engagement, 1648 ; The Act of Classes, 1649 ; Negotiations with Charles II, 1650. IV. The Church of Scotland under the Commonwealth, 1651-1660 : Scotland subjected to the Commonwealth, 1650-1652 ; The controversy between resolutioners and protesters ; Cromwell suppresses the General Assembly, 1653 ; The state of the Church of Scotland under the Commonwealth ; The later covenanter's estimate of Cromwell ; The restoration of Charles II, 1660. Part II: The history of the Covenanter --
I. The period of persecution, 1660-1688 : Legal enactments affecting the Church of Scotland ; The ejection of ministers, 1662 ; Covenanting conventicles and the proclamations issued against them ; The indulgences and the covenanters' attitude toward them ; The covenanters' attempts at armed resistance ; Public protests and testimonies issues by the covenanters ; The precise nature of the covenanters' claims during the period of persecution ; Divisions among the covenanters during the period of persecution ; The extent of the persecution suffered by the covenanters ; The condition of the covenanters on the eve of the revolution --
II. The revolution settlement, 1688-1690 : The revolution of 1688 ; The legal settlement of the Church of Scotland ; The attitude of the covenanters to the revolution settlement ; The covenanters' grounds for dissent from the revolution settlement --
III. The Reformed Presbyterians since the revolution : The accession of John Macmillan to the covenanting societies ; The organization of the Reformed Presbytery, 1743 ; The division of the Reformed Presbytery, 1753 ; The division of the Reformed Presbyterian Synod, 1863 ; The union of the larger Reformed Presbyterian Synod with the Free Church, 1876. Part III: The distinctive doctrines of the covenanters --
I. The continuing obligation of the Scottish Covenants : The origin of covenanting at the first Reformation ; Analysis of the covenants of 1580, 1638 and 1643 ; Do the covenants purport to be perpetually binding? ; The perpetual obligation of the covenants as held by the early covenanter ; The perpetual obligation of the covenants the formal principle of the covenanting movement --
II. The sole headship of Christ over the church : The anti-Eratian character of the Covenanting movement ; The covenanters not opposed to the principle of establishment ; The effectiveness of the covenanters' testimony for the sole headship of Christ over the church --
III. The covenanter's doctrine of Christian civil government : The mediatorial kingship of Christ over the nations ; Scripture the rule for the regulation of civil affairs ; The uniqueness of the Reformed Presbyterian doctrine of Christian civil government.
Responsibility: Johannes G. Vos.

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