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Is Scottish theology superior?

Geplaatst: 07 Mar 2020, 16:55
door Canada
I am intrigued that when I read the numerous arguments in this forum about the free offer, views on the covenants, etc., etc. the Dutch seem often to find solutions with the Scottish theologians, such as the Erskines, Boston, McCheyne, etc. Did they have more clarity? Are there other reasons?

Re: Is Scottish theology superior?

Geplaatst: 07 Mar 2020, 19:51
door J.C. Philpot
This is actually a good question.

There are also theological sound, experimental and Christocentric works from the past from the Netherlands. But there were also many Dutch Reformed theologians in the past, who were very introspective, and systematized the experience of Gods people.

In my humble opinion, a lot of the puritans and Scottish theologians, while maintaining a warm and experimental Calvinism, are more Christocentric, and clearer regarding the free offer of the gospel and the call to faith and repentance.

But instead of calling the Scottish theology superior, I would like to stress the deep connection there is between the Dutch and Scottish experimental-Reformed churches.

Re: Is Scottish theology superior?

Geplaatst: 09 Mar 2020, 10:36
door Habitat
Interesting question, because I would like to know more about the differences between Scottish and Dutch theology and praxis. Unfortunately I don't know much about it yet, so I can't give you the answer.
Sometimes I listen to a sermon of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland and I notice that those sermons are ... different. But I can't say exactly why.

Re: Is Scottish theology superior?

Geplaatst: 09 Mar 2020, 12:56
door Ambtenaar
It's a kind of an odd question. What do you mean with superior?

Re: Is Scottish theology superior?

Geplaatst: 09 Mar 2020, 15:48
door Herman
Suggestion: Most clear about the biblical thruth of salvation.

Re: Is Scottish theology superior?

Geplaatst: 09 Mar 2020, 22:54
door Canada
It being superior may be an overstatement. One thing I have noticed is that ministers in even the most conservative Presbyterian church (the FP) have no reservations whatsoever about preaching the free offer of the Gospel. My impression is that in the Netherlands (and in North America) the free offer generally becomes less frequent, weaker or is missing altogether the more conservative the church is.

Re: Is Scottish theology superior?

Geplaatst: 12 Mar 2020, 09:22
door Zonnebloem
Canada schreef:It being superior may be an overstatement. One thing I have noticed is that ministers in even the most conservative Presbyterian church (the FP) have no reservations whatsoever about preaching the free offer of the Gospel. My impression is that in the Netherlands (and in North America) the free offer generally becomes less frequent, weaker or is missing altogether the more conservative the church is.


The well-meant offer of the gospel is generally accepted by Calvinists, but rejected by a few small Reformed denominations, such as the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Australia, the Protestant Reformed Churches in America, the Reformed Congregations in the Netherlands and also by some English Strict Baptists.