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REV. THOMAS McCRIE, D.D., Edinburgh, 1772-1835.
Born in Dunse. Dedicated to the Lord by his mother on Dunse Law.
Licensed 1795. He subscribed the formula with a reservation, which he requested to be made public. Shortly after he took alarm at the enlargement of the Testimony, with its germinant Voluntaryism, and shrunk back from carrying out the new light to its logical conclusion.
The Life of Knox (1811) was declared by Francis Jeffrey in the Edinburgh Review to be by far the best piece of history which has appeared since the beginning of this century. He was the first Dissenter on whom a Scotch university (Edinburgh) conferred D.D. This was in 1813.
Six articles on MCrie by Hugh Miller appear in The Headship." Dr. MKerrow furnishes a fine biographical sketch in his History of the Secession. Dr. Wylie contributes another to Scotts Annals and Statistics of the 0. S. Church.
MCric was a scholar among a brotherhood whose poverty made scholarship rare among them. Poor and obscure as the Secession were, however, they professed to be the only legitimate representatives of the Church of Scotland in her best days - those of Andrew Melville and Robert Bruce; and it was a piece of natural and legitimate ambition in the man who was their literary ornament to endeavour to show that in the old days they had possessed one of the greatest scholars of his age. He was a man of many accomphishments.
(Dr. J. H. Burton.)
It is impossible to think without respect of this most powerful writer, before whom there are few living controversialists that would not tremble, but his Presbyterian Hildebrandism is a little remarkable in this age.
(Hallam, Constit. History.)
There was no Hildebrandism in him, except that sort and degree of it which is inseparable from genuine Scotch Presbyterianism. Gregory VII. claimed absolute power, religious, civil, and ecclesiastical, over the world. A scotch presbytcry only claims an exclusive authority over such persons as. choose to place themselves under its jurisdiction in regard to the spiritual affairs of their own church. It was not wonderful that the biographer of John Kuox should have had a horror of Popery, which made him except that religion from the usual rights of civil toleration. He was a tall, thin, apostolic looking person, not known in society, into which, indeed, he never went; very modest, very primitive, absorbed in his books, his congregation, and except when there was likely to be concession to Catholics never interfering in any public matter.
In whatever aspect we view MCrie he is one ef the noblest sons of the Church of Scotland (of which he ever viewed the Secession as truly a part), whose works illustrative of its past heroes will embalm his memory to future generations.
We have a strong inclination to begin with the elder MCrie. Who amongst us has been unconscious of the thrill of Protestant enthusiasm when reading the classic pages of his immortal histories?
(John Macfarlane, LL D.)
I saw him standing over the body of one [Knox] that had been buried long in the grave defending it from all men.
STATEMENT OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SECEDERS AND THE GENERAL. ASSOCIATE SYNOD. 1807.
Dr. MCrie withdrew from the General Associate Synod in 1806. The occasion of his doing so was the passing of the Act of 1796, as follows "The Synod declare that as the Confession of Faith was at first received by the Church of Scotland with some exception as to the power of the civil magistrate relative to spiritual matter, so the Synod, for the satisfaction of all who desire to know their mind on this subject, extend that exception to everything in that Confession which, taken by itself, seems to allow the punishment of good and peaceable subjects on account of their religious opinions and observances; that they approve of no other way of bringing men into the Church, or retaining them in it, than such as are spiritual and were used by the apostles and other ministers of the Word in the first age of the Christian Church; persuasion, not force; the power of the Gospel, not the sword of the civil magistrate, etc.
Yet he carefully abstained from magnifying the mere connection of Church and State apart from evangelical truth. I am afraid, he wrote, that civil establishments must come down before all things go right.
ON THE COVENANTS AND THE REFORMATION.
A reprint from Discourses on Unity. With an appendix containing Additional Thoughts on Union, by the same author. Cf. reply anent the healing of the breach of the Secession
. A VINDICATION OF THE SCOTTISH COVENANTERS. Glasgow, 1824.
A reprint of the Review of the Tales of my Landlord. At the end of the volume there was added a Review of the British Critics attack upon Dr. M Crie, also an appendix containing sketches of ecclesiastical history and Foxs history of James II. - "Some extracts not according with his sentiments (MCrie the Younger).
MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS, CHIEFLY HISTORICAL. Edited by his Son. 1841.
Contains - Review of Tales, Lives of Henderson, Patrick Hamilton, Francis Lambert, Andrew Rivet, John Murray, The Talorites, etc. Dr. MCrie also wrote the Reformation in Italy, 1827, which obtained the honour of a place in the Index of prohibited books, the Reformation in Spain," 1829, Lectures on Esther, etc.
LIFE OF THOMAS MCRIE, D.D. by his Son. Edinburgh, 1840.
The real object of the Secession as a formed and separate profession was to assert and defend the principles of the Reformation. The original Seceders identified themselves with the Church of Scotland, as she existed in her purer days, particularly during the period of the Second Reformation between 1638 and 1650. On this era distinguished as that of the Solemn League and Covenant, they took up their ground and planted the banner of their testimony. They not only espoused the principles of the Covenanters during that period, and of the great body of them during the bloody persecution which followed, but were themselves Covenanters, being the only religious body in the country who renewed the national Covenants in a Bond suited to their circumstances, and thus practically recognised their obligation as national deeds on posterity.Lift of Dr. MCrie.
The learned and excellent Dr. MCrie died on the 5th (August, 18351. He has done great honour to the Scotch Seceders, of whom he was by far the most eminent in literature.
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