|dc.description.abstract||The purpose of this biographer, as stated in the Preface,
is to endeavor to pay tribute to one who, in a period of severe
storm, witnessed for the truth as he understood the truth, and
utilized his gifts, experiences, and labors in order that God
might "have all the glory".
Our subject appeared upon the stage of history at tile close
of an explosive century - the 17th, Although he was not born
until two years following the Revolution, yet the effects of this -
and other events - served to mould his life, his teaching, his
ministry. The Introduction sets forth the condition of the Church
and State at the time of his birth.
Your author leans heavily upon Andrew Ferrier and John Eadie
for biographical data. But Wilson's ministry is mentioned in a
number of other publications, as a close examination of the
Bibliography will reveal.
Although the writings of the Pastor of Perth manifest deep
theological convictions, he is afforded a niche among his
colleagues of the Scottish Church because of his quality of
leadership. He, more than any of his fellow Seceders, was best
able to frame cogently and succinctly, the arguments and principles
of the Secession Movement, Many of these principles find their
roots in the devotional and academic disciplines which he formulated
at the outset of his commitment to the ministry. His boundless zeal
and unwearied efforts as a servant of Christ - in the Established
Church and in the Secession Church - are treated in the three
chapters relating to his life.
The characteristics which give Wilson a noteworthy position
among his Brethren are these: a power of calm, clear reasoning;
an eminent, judicial cast of mind; his limitless persistency in
application. These qualities impart a marked value to his
contribution to Secession literature, which that portion of the
Thesis treating his Churchmanship seeks to express.
Wilson was the pen of the Seceders, As an Apologist he set
his writings over against those of his chief antagonist - John
Currie of Kinglassie. This literary c©ntroversy labels Wilson as
a leading exponent of the Secession cause, and places his writings
among the historic documents of the Church.||en