Iain Murray, in his stirring introduction to Cunninghamâs 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 MâCrie. 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: âWhen 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" MâCrie followed this up in 1819 with a biography of Knoxâs great successor, Andrew Melville, and these two books became known as the âIliad and Odyssey of the Scottish Church.â Just as Homerâs heroes fired the hearts of many imitators so MâCrieâs biographies aroused a holy ambition in many to follow the noble example of these two spiritual giants."
This book is part of SWRB's Rare Hardcover Photocopy Collection. It is also available in a rare cerlox bound photocopy edition at a lower price for US$9.99. This book is also available on Reformation Bookshelf CD 1 at: