Hugh Black (theologian)

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Hugh Black (March 26, 1868 – April 6, 1953) was a Scottish-American theologian and author.[1]

Black was born on March 26, 1868 in Rothesay, Scotland. He received a Master of Arts degree from Glasgow University in 1887, and studied divinity at Free Church College in Glasgow from 1887 until 1891. Black was ordained in 1891 and became associate pastor at St. George's Free Presbyterian Church in Edinburgh in 1896, where he worked with Alexander Whyte.[2][3]

Black emigrated to the United States in 1906 to accept the position of chair of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.[4] He received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Yale University in 1908 and from Princeton University and Glasgow University in 1911, and later accepted a position of pastor of the First Congregational Church in Montclair, New Jersey. Black retired from Union Theological Seminary in 1938.[3]

Black also authored numerous books and sermons, including:

  • Friendship (1898)
  • Culture and Restraint (1900)
  • Christ's Service of Love (1907)
  • Happiness (1911)
  • The New World (1915)
  • The Adventure of Being Man (1929)
  • Christ or Caesar (1938)


  1. ^ A history of preaching in Britain and America. Webber, Frederick Roth. Northwestern Pub. House, 1955. p. 528.
  2. ^ Rev. Hugh Black, D.D.. MacDougall, D. Scots and Scots Descendents in America. 1917.
  3. ^ a b Classic Sermons on Overcoming Fear. Wiersbe, Warren W. Kregel Publications, 1991. p.120.
  4. ^ Dr. Hugh Black. The Coit Lyceum Bureau.

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