George Smeaton was an eminent Scottish theologian who contributed to a resurgence of Calvinism in nineteenth century Scotland. Along with James Buchanan and Horatius Bonar, Smeaton’s theological writings were intended to help Reformed churches rediscover the central doctrines of Calvinism. The continued popularity of Smeaton’s work more than a century after its first appearance testifies to his success and continued relevance for modern readers.
The 3-volume Smeaton Theology Collection contains two volumes on the atonement and one on the Holy Spirit. Smeaton combines solid exegesis with a careful examination of doctrinal history to produce works which remain as important in our day as they did in this. His thorough examination contains exegesis on every passage in the New Testament dealing with the atonement—a vital resource for the current debates over the atonement. This collection also contains Smeaton’s landmark work on the Holy Spirit, which deals with inspiration and revelation, regeneration and holiness, and a historical survey of pneumatology since the apostolic age.
Smeaton was an outstanding scholar with a brilliant mind and a deep love for Christ. . . . These great volumes should regularly be in the hands of every person who teaches and preaches the Gospel of Christ. They are treasure troves.
—Sinclair Ferguson in The Great Exchange
A valuable contribution to the literature of the doctrine of the atonement.
One of the greatest works ever written on the Holy Spirit.
—Presbyterian and Reformed Review
George Smeaton (1814–89) was ordained to the ministry of the Church of Scotland at Falkland (1839), and was among the numerous ministers who emerged in 1843 during the Disruption to form the Free Church of Scotland. He was appointed professor at the Free Church College in Aberdeen (1854), and later became Professor of Exegetical Theology at New College, Edinburgh (1857). Smeaton passed away on April 14th, 1889.