John Ballantyne (minister)

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John Ballantyne (1778–1830) was a Scottish minister of religion.


Ballantyne was born in the parish of Kinghorn 8 May 1778; entered the University of Edinburgh in 1795, and joined the Burgher branch of the Secession Church, though his parents belonged to the establishment. He was ordained minister of a congregation at Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, in 1805.

He died 5 November 1830.


In 1824 he published A Comparison of Established and Dissenting Churches, by a Dissenter; in 1830 this pamphlet was republished with additions during the 'voluntary church' controversy of the period. Ballantyne was a partisanship in the controversy.

His Examination of the Human Mind (first part) appeared in 1828; two further parts were intended, but never appeared. It is the work of a follower of Thomas Reid and Dugald Stewart, with some criticism of Thomas Brown.


 "Ballantyne, John (1778-1830)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.