Thomas Chalmers and the mission of the Church with special reference to the rise of the missionary movement in Scotland
This thesis makes extensive use of primary source material to reconsider the life of Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847) and the development of his understanding of the mission of the church. At a number of points it revises traditional assessments, a It is shown that before Chalmers' conversion in 1811 he had begun to find a more meaningful life within the church, and that during the years before he moved to Glasgow in 1815, Chalmers forged his own theological identity out of the prevailing While the results of a study of the St John's experiment confirm the opinion that Chalmers' attempt to demonstrate that a working class parish could be self-sufficient in the provision of poor relief was a failure, other commonly held views are s An examination of Chalmers' roles in the Voluntary controversy, the church extension movement, the Disruption and the Evangelical Alliance shows the consistency of his missionary purpose which found its final expression in the West Port Church inn The Scottish base of the modern missionary movement is treated to provide a perspective on Chalmers' own involvement, and to highlight the significance of his attempts to utilize the movement as a stimulus for the church at home. Chalmers' mis In a brief concluding assessment of Chalmers' theology of mission, it is noted that his teaching on the Westminster Confession predates that of the declaratory acts later in the century. For Chalmers, both theology and polity were subservient.