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James Denney
1856-1917

      James Denney, D.D. was a Scottish theologian and preacher, born in Paisley, Scotland, 5 February 1856, to Cameronian (reformed Presbyterian) parents. His father was a joiner and Cameronian deacon. In 1876 the family followed the majority of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland into union with the Free Church of Scotland. He was educated at the Highlanders' Academy, Greenock, University of Glasgow, from 1874 to 1879 and then at Free Church College, Glasgow until 1883. While still a student Denney published his first work, Natural Law in the Spiritual World, by a Brother of the Natural Man. It was a trenchantly critical review of Henry Drummond's Natural Law in the Spiritual World.

      Denney was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Greenock on 16 May 1883 and was appointed Missioner to the Hill Street Mission of St. John's (Free Church), Glasgow. In 1886 he was called to be pastor of the East Free Church, Broughty Ferry. Denney was appointed Professor of Systematic Theology at his old alma mater, Free Church College Glasgow, in 1897, and spent the rest of his life teaching there. In 1900 he transferred to Professor Bruce's old Chair of New Testament Language and Literature, which he held until his death in 1917.

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ArticleFire, Oil, Water & Wind: Trying to Control the Holy Spirit
      The Holy Spirit is the Representative of Christ in the Church. The local church should always recognize the sovereignty of the Spirit. By this we mean that He can do as He pleases, and that He will not always choose to do things in exactly the same way, though He will never act contrary to the Word. The symbols of the Spirit used in the Scriptures ...read
BookThe Atonement and the Modern Mind: Preface
       THE ATONEMENT AND THE MODERN MIND BY JAMES DENNEY, D.D. PROFESSOR OF NEW TESTAMENT LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, AND THEOLOGY UNITED FREE CHURCH COLLEGE, GLASGOW MCMIII PREFACE The three chapters which follow have already appeared in The Expositor , and may be regarded as a supplement to the writer's work on The Death of ...read
The Atonement and the Modern Mind: Chapter 1 - Preliminary Definition of the Subject
      It will be admitted by most Christians that if the Atonement, quite apart from precise definitions of it, is anything to the mind, it is everything. It is the most profound of all truths, and the most recreative. It determines more than anything else our conceptions of God, of man, of history, and even of nature; it determines them, for we must bri ...read
The Atonement and the Modern Mind: Chapter 2 - Sin and the Divine Reaction Against it
      We have now seen in a general way what is meant by the Atonement, and what are the characteristics of the mind to which the Atonement has to make its appeal. In that mind there is, as I believe, much which falls in with the Atonement, and prepares a welcome for it; but much also which creates prejudice against it, and makes it as possible still as ...read
The Atonement and the Modern Mind: Chapter 3 - Christ and Man in the Atonement
      What has now been said about the relations subsisting between God and man, about the manner in which these relations are affected by sin, and particularly about the Scripture doctrine of the connection between sin and death, must determine, to a great extent, our attitude to the Atonement. The Atonement, as the New Testament presents it, assumes th ...read
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The Death of Christ - Table of Contents
       THE DEATH OF CHRIST by JAMES DENNEY 1911 FOREWORD In the chapel of Trinity College, Glasgow, there is a stained glass window honoring the life and labors of Dr. James Denney. Beside the window on a plaque is inscribed, in part, the following: James Denney, D. D. (1856-1917) Supreme alike as scholar, teacher, administrator, a ...read
ExcerptThe Historical Basis of the Christian Faith: The Resurrection of Jesus
      The question which has just been stated might be approached in various ways. We might begin with an investigation of the sources to which we owe our knowledge of Jesus, build up by degrees such an acquaintance with Him as could be formed in this way, and then consider what relation it bore to the place He holds in New Testament faith. A moment's re ...read
ExcerptThe Place of Christ in New Testament Faith
      When we open the New Testament we find ourselves in presence of a glowing religious life. There is nothing in the world which offers any real parallel either to this life, or to the collection of books which attests it. The soul, which in contemporary literature is bound in shallows and in miseries, is here raised as on a great tidal wave of spirit ...read

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