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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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Introduction

Chapter One: An Unexpected Conversion

Chapter Two: The Scottish Church and State in Historical Context

Chapter Three: A Divine Right

Chapter Four: Blasphemous Crime and Capital Punishment

Chapter Five: Telling Trials in the Kirk

Chapter Six: Midnight in the Kirk

Chapter Seven: The Rise of Moderatism

Chapter Eight: Moderate Ministers

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