Life of John Duncan

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topic

19th Century, Pastoral Biography

Banner Pub Date

Jan 1, 1991

page-count

256

Original Pub Date

1872

isbn

9780851516080

binding

Cloth-bound

Format

Book

Book Description

John Duncan was born in Aberdeen in 1796. His father, a local shoemaker, was once described as ‘upright…walking in the fear of God, strict in his Secession principles, rugged and strong, in family discipline inexorable’. Duncan’s own spiritual pilgrimage was, however, tortuous and painful. His pathway to faith took him through unbelief and heresy, even although he had offered himself for the work of the Christian ministry. In retrospect his experiences prepared him for the quality of Christian service which later characterized his life and work, most notably as Professor of Hebrew in New College, Edinburgh.

A man of brilliant intellect, Duncan is often only known today by the anecdotes which memorialise the eccentricities which marked his life- as is often true of men of genius. But it is by his spiritual experience he is best remembered. It was deep and all-demanding, and not without its on-going struggles. But through it he came to a grace, understanding and wisdom possessed by few. For that reason alone contemporary Christians can learn much from these reminiscences of his life.

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CHAPTER I.
HIS EARLIER LIFE.
His Boyhood-His Apostasy-His Conversion 3
CHAPTER II.
PERSIE CHAPEL.
Sabbath-breaking-Dancing-Idle Words 29
CHAPTER III.
MINISTRY IN GLASGOW.
His Preaching-Dread of a Shallow Religion-­Intense Love to God-Dr. John Muir­-Robert M’Cheyne-William Burns-His Marriage 36
CHAPTER IV.
MISSION TO THE JEWS IN HUNGARY.
Pesth-Roman Catholic and Hebrew Doctors­-Fruits of the Mission-Hungarian Patriotism-Call to Scotland 64
CHAPTER V.
LIFE IN EDINBURGH.
Hebrew Chair-Spiritual Influence-The Gospel-The Lord’s Supper-Personal Converse-Sympathy- Plato and the Apostle Paul­-Mental Absence-Incidents in Travelling­-Liking for Anecdote-Letters-Dejection-Vivid Hope of the Life to come-Domestic Events-The End 83
CHAPTER VI.
HIS MENTAL CHARACTER.
Discernment-Love of Mystery-Variety-Strength of Desire: Weakness of Will-Transparency-Aphoristic Habit 153
CHAPTER VII.
LEADING MORAL FEATURES.
Love to Jesus Christ-Love toward all men-Love of Holiness-Humility 166
CHAPTER VIII.
THEOLOGICAL VIEWS.
Theology-The Scriptures-The Person of Christ-The Outpouring of the Spirit-Calvinism-Prayer 178
CHAPTER IX.
VIEWS ON THE CHURCH.
Views on the Church-Union of Unendowed Churches-The Future 199
CHAPTER X.
THOUGHTS ON PREACHING.
On Preaching-On Preachers 210
MISCELLANEOUS THOUGHTS 219
NAMES OF CONTRIBUTORS 225
INDEX 227

 

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