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Title: Sunday observance in Scotland, 1560-1606
Author: Carter, John K.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1957
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jxl the basis oi an attempt to define what in the fourth Commandment is permanent and what temporary, the thesis classifies five main theories oi Sunday observance, and deals in some detail with Thomas Aquinas's exposition of the Roman Catholic position and with John Calvin's teaching. Traditional, Catholic teaching and Calvin's teaching were, indirectly, the predominant factors which went to the shaping oi the Scottish 1560-1606 Sunday observance. John Calvin set forth one theory in his earlier teaching, arid another in his later teaching, his former teaching came to Scotland by way of the 1556 catechism; and represented the radical Scottish Sunday observance position during the first post-1560 years. His later teaching became increasingly known in Scotland alter 1572 or thereby; and may be reflected in John Craig's 1581 catechism. It becomes impossible to distinguish between a Sunday observance policy which may have been based on the 1556 catechism's teaching and a policy which may have been based on the 1581 catechism. The present work brackets, after 1572, the teaching 01 the two catechisms; and calls the accompanying Sunday observance position the Catechetical. It was anti-Sabbatarian. Parallel to the radical and Catechetical views on Sunday observance from 1560, there were views which were predominantly traditional and Sabbatarian, from 1560 to 1606, except for the first year of .loray's Regency, that Sabbatarianism, in one modified form or another, was a factor in the Scottish Sunday situation. It increased as the radical and Catechetical views lost their original force and declined. The Catechetical and the traditional views also interacted. The result was a hybrid which was akin to, but not necessarily derivable from, the Elizabethan compromise Sunday observance teaching in England. That resultant Sabbatarianism was not the Sabbatarianism which the Westminster Confession was later to incorporate in its teaching. The thesis offers three distinctive contributions to the subject of Sunday observance in general, in addition to its conclusions concerning Sunday observance in Scotland from 156O to 1606.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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