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Thomas Halyburton

The grave of Thomas Halyburton
St Andrews Cathedral churchyard

Thomas Halyburton (25 December 1674 – 23 September 1712) was a Scottish divine.

Contents

  • Life 1
  • Legacy 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Life

Thomas Halyburton was born at Rotterdam to avoid the fierce persecution which was carried on against the Covenanters.

In Rotterdam young Thomas was educated in the school founded by Erasmus. Following the Revolution, he returned to Scotland and continued his education in Edinburgh.

After a period of inner struggle with the philosophy of Deism, Halyburton returned to the faith of his father. He became committed to the same Reformed Christian religion, and became a minister of the gospel. On completing theological training,[1] he was licensed to preach in the Church of Scotland by Queen Anne, and ordained to the ministry of the church in Ceres, Fife in 1700. The church was part of the presbytery of Kirkcaldy.

After serving the church in Ceres for ten years, Halyburton became Professor of Theology at St. Leonard’s College in St. Andrews (1710).

He died two years later at the age of 38, following an illness. At his request, his body was buried in St Andrews Cathedral next to his favourite Christian minister, Rev. Dr. Samuel Rutherford.

Legacy

Thomas Halyburton’s theological and apologetic writings are marked by a distinctive thoroughness. The surviving scripts of his sermons show him to have been richly theological, deeply experimental (i.e. dealing with the experiences of the soul) and very practical — a master of the classic Puritan style of preaching.[2]

The extant writings of Rev. Thomas Halyburton were all published after his death:

  • Natural Religion Insufficient, and Revealed Religion Necessary, to Man's Happiness in his Present State (1714), an able statement of the orthodox Calvinistic criticism of the deism of Lord Herbert of Cherbury and Charles Blount
  • Memoirs of the Life of Mr Thomas Halyburton (1715), three parts by his own hand, the fourth from his diary by another hand
  • The Great Concern of Salvation (1721), with a word of commendation by Isaac Watts
  • Ten Sermons Preached Before and After the Lord's Supper (1722)
  • The Unpardonable Sin Against the Holy Ghost (1784)

External links

  • Halyburton's Memoirs (1714)
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  1. ^ Halyburton graduated from the University of St Andrews in 1696.
  2. ^ Thomas HalyburtonJames Begg Society,
References
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