Ralph Erskine (minister)
Portrait of Ralph Erskine by Richard Waitt
|Born||18 March 1685|
|Died||6 November 1752(aged 67)|
Ralph Erskine (18 March 1685 – 6 November 1752) was a Scottish churchman.
Ralph Erskine was the son of Henry Erskine. He was also the younger brother of another prominent churchman, Ebenezer Erskine. He was chaplain and tutor to the 'Black' Col. John Erskine from 1705 to 1709. After studying at the University of Edinburgh, Ralph was ordained assistant minister at Dunfermline in 1711. He ratified the protests which his brother laid on the table of the assembly after being rebuked for his synod sermon, but he did not formally withdraw from the establishment till 1737.
He was also present at, though not a member of, the first meeting of the "associate presbytery". When the severance took place over the oath administered to burgesses, he adhered, along with his brother, to the burgher section.
His works consist of sermons, poetical paraphrases and gospel sonnets. The Gospel Sonnets have frequently appeared separately. His Life and Diary, edited by the Rev. D Fraser, was published in 1834.
- "Faith, without trouble or fighting, is a suspicious faith; for true faith is a fighting, wrestling faith." - Ralph Erskine, 1733
- "A rigid matter was the law,
demanding brick, denying straw,
But when with gospel tongue it sings,
it bids me fly and gives me wings"
- Ralph Erskine
- Robertson, George. "Rev. RALPH ERSKINE (1685-1752) – SECESSIONIST MINISTER". Dunfermline Historical Society. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
- Robert L.D. Cooper. The Origin and History of the Order of Free Gardeners, Quatuor Coronati Lodge, No.2076 (2000) ISBN 0-907655-47-5
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Erskine, Ralph". Encyclopædia Britannica. 10 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 755–756.
- A.R. MacEwen, The Erskines. (Ebenezer Erskine and Ralph Erskine). Edinburgh: Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, 1900, ("Famous Scots Series")
- Works by or about Ralph Erskine at Internet Archive
- Works by Ralph Erskine at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
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