Aaron Clay Denlinger (ed.), Reformed Orthodoxy in Scotland: Essays on Scottish Theology 1560–1775 (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), x + 290 pp, £ 100.00 (ISBN 9780567351418).That Scotland is a ‘Calvinist’ country is a proposition that I was taught at a tender age in Edinburgh, and it took a long time for me to learn that the proposition was, at various levels, misleading, perhaps even hopelessly so, and that, even as regards the Kirk membership, the doctrines that coalesced into ‘Calvinism’ are a product of the intellectual drive and creativity not just of Calvin but of many Reformist thinkers. The splendid book here under review provides ample testimony to the role of this multitude who collectively brought into being and finessed what became known as Calvinism; and by the same token the book demonstrates the advantage of replacing the term ‘Calvinism’ by the term ‘Reformed orthodoxy’ to describe the belief system and general ethos of the Kirk, even though the immensity of Calvin’s role is not at any point called into question in the volume.The book’s fourteen chapters are divided into three parts: early Reformed orthodoxy (ca. 1560–ca. 1640); high Reformed orthodoxy (ca. 1640–ca. 1690); and late Reformed orthodoxy (ca. 1690–ca. 1775). The first part features substantial discussion of
Journal of Reformed Theology – Brill
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