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The Curious Conversion of Thomas Chalmers

John D. Clayton

Thomas Chalmers was arguably the most popular Scot and influential churchman of his age. However, when he was first educated, ordained, installed, and serving as a parish minister in the Church of Scotland, he was by his own admission not yet a converted Christian. How could a minister of the gospel not believe the gospel? How this happened is telling of his context, country, and church, but it is not a short story. From a confusion of church and state dating back to the Scottish Reformation to an increasing secularism in and through the Scottish Enlightenment, the Church of Scotland moved increasingly away from its Reformation roots and the necessity of the gospel in Christian conversion, as evidenced in the early life of Thomas Chalmers.

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Names: Clayton, John D., author.

Title: The curious conversion of Thomas Chalmers / John D. Clayton.

Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2021.

Includes bibliographical references.

Identifiers: LCCN 2020047846 (print) | LCCN 2020047847 (ebook)

ISBN 978-1-4331-8114-6 (hardback) | ISBN 978-1-4331-8115-3 (ebook pdf)

ISBN 978-1-4331-8116-0 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-8117-7 (mobi)

Subjects: LCSH: Chalmers, Thomas, 1780–1847. | Conversion—Christianity. |

Church of Scotland—Clergy—Biography. | Free Church of Scotland—Clergy—Biography.

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