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Unity and Diversity

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It has been many years since there has been a popular level book, which has looked at the life and ministry of some of the 'fathers' of the Free Church of Scotland. This book looks at the life and ministry of a number of the key figures in the Disruption era and late 19th Century Free Church. Beginning with Thomas Chalmers, each chapter has a biographical sketch of a key figure with an emphasis on why these men mattered in their time and what they still have to say to us in the 21st century.

All of the men portrayed were committed to the advancement of the Gospel in Scotland and further afield. While they shared a commitment to the Confession of Faith and reformed theology, this was expressed in unique ways by each of these men. Hence both unity and diversity is on view in these fascinating pages.


Table of Contents:

  1. Setting the Scene
  2. Thomas Chalmers – Visionary Pastor
  3. Robert S. Candlish – Preacher and Churchman
  4. William Cunningham – Theologian
  5. Hugh Miller – Journalist
  6. Thomas Guthrie – Pastor and Social Reformer
  7. James Begg – Social Reformer and Ecclesiastical Conservative
  8. Andrew Bonar – Pastor and Evangelist
  9. John Duncan – Missionary and Scholar
  10. Alexander Duff – Pioneer Missionary
  11. John Kennedy – Highland Preacher and Confessional Defender
  12. The Church in the Twenty-First Century 



Alexander (Sandy) Finlayson is Library Director and Professor of Theological Bibliography at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Sandy holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Tyndale Theological Seminary in Canada, where he was also Library Director for eleven years. Sandy served as an elder in the Toronto congregation of the Free Church of Scotland for ten years. He is married to Linda, who writes books for children, and they have one son.



"Where there is a love for the gospel in Scotland, their story deserves to be told, and Sandy Finlayson has told it well. A highly commended volume." - Iain D Campbell ~ Minister, Point Free Church of Scotland, Isle of Lewis

"Sandy Finlayson's study of the nineteenth century leaders of the Free Church of Scotland is neither hagiography nor iconoclasm; rather, it is the thoughtful reflection of a committed presbyterian on the men who helped shape the Scottish church through their commitment to orthodoxy, evangelism, and social action. The attractive churchmanship which these church leaders represented is all too rare today; and I hope this work will do something to restore it to its rightful place in the wider Christian landscape." - Carl Trueman ~ Professor of Historical Theology and Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania