HENRY SCOUGAL PDF

From an early age, Henry Scougal displayed considerable intellectual gifts — a prodigious memory, and aptness for languages and a taste for books, the content of which he mastered with remarkable facility. As a student he proved to have qualities of leadership as well as academic ability, serving as president of the student society, and he gained a reputation for deep spiritual seriousness combined with a keen sense of humor. He acted in this capacity until, at the exceptionally young age of twenty, he was appointed Professor of Philosophy. Three years later, he was prevailed upon to become minister of a small rural parish in Aberdeenshire, but he remained there only a year, before, on unanimous vote of the Synod, he was called back to be Professor of Divinity at Kings. His time in this post was not to be long. Having contracted tuberculosis, he died in a few days before his 28th birthday.

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From an early age, Henry Scougal displayed considerable intellectual gifts — a prodigious memory, and aptness for languages and a taste for books, the content of which he mastered with remarkable facility. As a student he proved to have qualities of leadership as well as academic ability, serving as president of the student society, and he gained a reputation for deep spiritual seriousness combined with a keen sense of humor. He acted in this capacity until, at the exceptionally young age of twenty, he was appointed Professor of Philosophy.

Three years later, he was prevailed upon to become minister of a small rural parish in Aberdeenshire, but he remained there only a year, before, on unanimous vote of the Synod, he was called back to be Professor of Divinity at Kings. His time in this post was not to be long. Having contracted tuberculosis, he died in a few days before his 28th birthday.

Originally a pastoral letter to a friend, its evident merits as a work of devotion led to its being copied until it reached the hands of Gilbert Burnett, Professor of Divinity at Glasgow from Although Scougal himself died eighteen months after its publication, his book went through nine major editions between and He made two trips to England and this may explain his connection with the Cambridge Platonists, whose works were quoted extensively in his lectures on ethics, and whose thought also shifts the focus of attention from the Puritan emphasis on theology to a broader philosophical interest in religion.

Gordon Graham, Princeton Theological Seminary.

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The Works of the Rev. Henry Scougal

The Excellency and advantage of Religion. And now, my dear Friend, having discovered the nature of True Religion, before I proceed any further, it will not perhaps be unfit to fix our Meditations a little on the Excellency and advantages of it, that we may be excited to the more vigorous and diligent prosecution of those Methods whereby we may attain so great a felicity. But alas! A stranger intermeddleth not with their joy. Holiness is the right temper, the vigorous and healthful constitution of the Soul : its faculties had formerly been enfeebled and disordered so that they could not exercise their natural functions : it had wearied it self with endless tossings and rollings, and was never able to find any rest : now that distemper is removed, and it feels it self well, there is a due harmony in its faculties, and a sprightly vigour possesseth every part. The understanding can discern what is good, and the will can cleave unto it, the affections are not tied to the motions of Sense, and the influence of External objects ; but they are stirred by more Divine impressions, are touched by a sense of invisible things.

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Select Page Henry Scougal A young puritan preacher and theologian, with some of the best writings on the Christian Life. There is no new theology. There are new books published every month. The Life of God in the Soul of Man. The Works of Henry Scougal. The Superior Excellency of the Religious.

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Henry Scougal

Scougal writes about purity before God and devotion to his will, and he calls his readers toward a life of piety and devotion to God. Although The Life of God in the Soul of Man was first written for a private audience, Scougal allowed it to be published in —a year before his death. It quickly became a bestselling work, and was reissued five times between and This combined edition was re-titled The Works of the Rev. Henry Scougal, and it has remained the standard edition of The Life of God in the Soul of Man for nearly three centuries. The Works of the Rev. Henry Scougal Praise for the Print Edition There are some books whose vision is so deep and clear that truth rings from the pages like the toll of a large bell, perfectly obvious, but rare and precious.

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