Part 2 - Scots Confession, History & Theology

This is Part 2 in a series of adult education (Sunday School) classes that I taught at St. Charles Presbyterian Church (USA) in the early months of 2020. It provides a fairly thorough discussion of the Scots Confession's history and theology targeted (hopefully, effectively so) at the generally educated churchgoer. 

Part 2 gets into the background of the Scots Confession. It surveys the state of the late medieval Christian Church as well as a number of reform movements (Francis of Assisi, Wycliffe, Hus, etc.) and gives a brief overview of Martin Luther's reformation and theology. It also explores chapters 6 - 10 in the confession itself, addressing topics like the incarnation, election, christology, atonement / salvation, and the creedal descent into hell.

This is Part 2 in a 5-part series. You can find the series index here.

Here are some quotes from the episode:

"And once you have an institution with a lot of wealth and power, what happens next? Corruption and misuse of power."

"This is why, when you get to the reformers, they're talking about how uneducated the clergy are: because they went through a human resources crisis a century before!"

"Here comes Francis and the Franciscans saying, 'No, this is actually more like how Jesus lived so let's do this.'"

"[Luther] was as civilized as it was possible to be in Germany at that time."

"So then Jon Tetzel came to town selling indulgences, and Luther wasn't very happy about that."

"You're not trying because you have to try to earn something. You're trying because you're thankful and you're showing your gratitude."

"You've got God's love and God's justice, and they seem to be up to different things."

"It's a weird set of verses. You find these from time to time."


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