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Puritanisme en Skotland

J. W. Claasen
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 13, No 2 | a1053 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v13i2.1053 | © 1992 J. W. Claasen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 July 1992 | Published: 18 July 1992

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Abstract

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 God’s 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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