Iain Murray, in his stirring introduction to Cunninghamâ€™s Historical Theology writes, "The third event marking the commencement of this spiritual movement was the publication of a book in 1811. It was the biography of John Knox by Thomas Mâ€™Crie. All over Scotland this work was used to revive the memory of the great Reformer and nothing could have been a more telling protest against the stifling influence of Moderatism. It brought many a student and minister into the experience once described by James Fraser of Brae in his Memoirs: â€˜When I read Knox, I thought I saw another scheme of divinity, much more agreeable to the Scriptures and to my experience than the modern.â€™" Mâ€™Crie followed this up in 1819 with a biography of Knoxâ€™s great successor, Andrew Melville, and these two books became known as the â€˜Iliad and Odyssey of the Scottish Church.â€™ Just as Homerâ€™s heroes fired the hearts of many imitators so Mâ€™Crieâ€™s biographies aroused a holy ambition in many to follow the noble example of these two spiritual giants."
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