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Title: A kingdom of grace : George Ross' patristic Ecclesia in Pennsylvania's dissenting landscape
Author: Guy, Robert J.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2016
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This study depicts the career of George Ross, missionary of the Church of England amidst the diverse population of colonial Pennsylvania, accenting the transformative theology which shaped his ministry. Tracing his migration from his Presbyterian upbringing to the Anglican priesthood, it illumines the effects of his discovery and implementation of the patristic definition of the Christian Faith. An examination of his correspondence and sermon manuscripts demonstrates his strategic intentionality which professed Trinitarian faith in a non-confrontational approach, enabling him to retain faithfulness to the gospel as well as to cultivate a unitive ecclesiology. Having been equipped by his experiences in Scotland, Ross was able to engage particularly well in a dissenting context and to face the misperceptions and confrontations resulting from various forms of dissent, most significantly among the Quakers and Presbyterians, both of which underwent disruptive schisms in Pennsylvania. This thesis asserts that Ross was successful in planting and cultivating an ecclesia which depicted Christ's “Kingdom of Grace,” providing opportunity to engage and incorporate people from various traditions into participation in the ongoing worship and witness of the Body of Christ. His utilization of the classic Christian redemptive narrative, and its depiction in the liturgical expression reflected in the Book of Common Prayer, directed participants toward an overall posture of submissive obedience to Christ and his Gospel. His realization of the formative capacity of diligent catechesis and consistent participation in corporate worship effectively offset the individualist tendency toward privatized subjectivity and the separatist tendency toward divisive confrontation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Daughters of the American Revolution ; University of Aberdeen
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.801247  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Church ; Missionaries ; Church of England
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