Erskine, John, D.D. (17211803)

Erskine, John, D.D., son of the preceding; a celebrated Scotch preacher and author of various essays and pamphlets; a prominent leader on the Evangelical side in the General Assemblies; was minister of the Old Greyfriars, Edinburgh, and the colleague of Principal Robertson; is remembered for a retort in the pulpit and for another in the General Assembly; the former was to a remark of his colleague, Principal Robertson, “If perfect virtue were to appear on earth we would adore it.” ... “Perfect virtue did appear on earth and we crucified it”; and that other in the General Assembly was “Rax (reach) me that Bible,” as certain Moderates in the court began derisively to scoff at the proposal to send missions to the heathen (17211803).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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