George Gillespie was a well-known public speaker and controversialist in the early seventeenth century. His contribution to Presbyterian ecclesial governance and church polity through his writings and debates has had a lasting impact that stretches into today. The Presbyterian’s Armoury was written to compile the historical apologetic works of Scottish Presbyterian ecclesiology, and these two volumes collect numerous writings of George Gillespie and a brief biography of Gillespie written by church historian William M. Hetherington. These writings provide a key look at the emergent Scottish Reformed theology of the seventeenth century and of Scotland’s then-swinging political mood.
Additionally, The Presbyterian’s Armoury contains writings from other leading Scottish Reformers of the seventeenth century—notably, Samuel Rutherford, David Calderwood, James Guthrie, and John Brown of Wamphray—providing first-hand insight into the Reformation and the Presbyterian church taking shape.
In Logos, these writings seamlessly integrate with the rest of your library. References to Scripture and the Westminster Confession link to their sources in your library. These writings also are fully searchable, allowing you to quickly engage with the early-sixteenth-century dialogue surrounding the Scottish Reformation.
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Gillespie was one of the ablest, and the most learned controversialists of his day. His works are exceedingly valuable, both for their logic, their learning, and their spirituality. His style is vigorous, though perhaps occasionally turgid. This present edition of his works . . . will be duly prized by those who know their scarcity before.
—The Presbyterian Review and Religious Journal