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From the Marrow Men to the ModeratesScottish Theology 1700–1800

From the Marrow Men to the Moderates

Scottish Theology 1700–1800

Donald Macleod
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One of Scotland’s most popular theologians traces the theological debates and disagreements of the eighteenth century

The eighteenth century saw many changes within the Scottish church. The Kirk was divided by the Patronage Act of 1712 into Moderates (men favoured by the landed gentry) and Evangelicals (men favoured by the people). The Marrow Controversy highlighted theological strife within the Church. Ebenezer Erskine’s Protest against patronage led to the first major rift in the Church of Scotland with the Secession of 1733. 


Through all these, Donald Macleod is our reliable guide. Drawing attention to the major characters of the period and gives a faithful account of the theological discussions, including the social, economic, ethnic, and personal factors involved. He also subjects these discussions to theological evaluation. A fascinating look at a crucial period for anyone with an interest in theological history.

Donald Macleod

About Donald Macleod

Donald Macleod (1940–2023) was the Principal of the Free Church of Scotland College, Edinburgh until 2010. Regarded as one of Britain’s most prominent theologians he wrote extensively on a wide range of issues.


  • Author: Donald Macleod
  • Release Date: November 2023
  • Pages: 352
  • Format: Royale Hardback 234 X 156
  • Dimensions: 234 × 156
  • ISBN: 9781527110489
  • Imprint: Mentor
  • Category: Bible Study > Theology > General


This is Scottish Church history and theology as only the late Donald Macleod could tell it. In these to–be–treasured pages his unmatched knowledge of Scotland’s pastor–theologians combines with an obvious love for both them and their theology. 

Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

What you are thus holding is not only the mature assessment of a crucial era in Scottish church history and theology by one of Scotland’s most important contemporary theologians but his last word. 

Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary
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