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Puritanisme en Skotland

J. W. Claasen

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 13, No 2 (1992), 153-170. doi: 10.4102/ve.v13i2.1053

Submitted: 18 July 1992
Published:  18 July 1992


Puritanism and Scotland
Puritanism influenced the church in England, but had a more profound and lasting effect on religion in Scotland. In the process the Scottish church made some gains - the stress of the centrality of Scripture and preaching, the emphasis on true piety and pure life, the quest for renewal and the constant awareness of Godís providence. The church also suffered losses - a preoccupation with subjective sanctification and self-examination, the emergence of a scholastic federal theology, the overstress of the imperative, a subtle kind of legalism and an impoverished view of the sacraments. Scottish clergymen who came to South Africa during the nineteenth century can be associated with the evangelical faction of Scottish puritanism.

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