The Life and Theology of Alexander Knox

Anglicanism in the Age of Enlightenment and Romanticism


In his The Life and Theology of Alexander Knox, David McCready highlights one of the most important figures in the history of Anglicanism. A disciple of John Wesley, Knox presents his mentor as a representative of the Neo-Platonic tradition within Anglicanism, a tradition that Knox himself also exemplifies. Knox also significantly impacted John Henry Newman and the Tractarians. But Alexander Knox is an important theologian in his own right, one who engaged substantially with the main intellectual currents of his day, namely those stemming from the Enlightenment and Romanticism. Meshing Knox’s theological teaching on various topics with details of his life, this book offers a fascinating portrait of a man who, in the words of Samuel Taylor Coleridge ‘changed the minds, and, with them, the acts of thousands.’

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David McCready, Ph.D. (2012), Trinity College Dublin, is a priest of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America. His publications include The Ordination of Women in the Church of Ireland (Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 2006).
“[This] is a helpful scholarly intervention into an important theological moment. Its insights apply gentle but necessary pressure on deficits in scholarship in a number of areas at the end of the eighteenth century. I recommend this one volume to anyone with a stake in Wesleyan, Methodist, Anglican, or Episcopal history.” Martin D. Phillips, University of Aberdeen, in: Wesley and Methodist Studies, Volume 14.1 (2022).


1 The Life of Alexander Knox

2 Alexander Knox and Anglicanism

3 Alexander Knox and John Wesley

4 Alexander Knox and the Christian Platonic Tradition

5 Alexander Knox in the Context of his Times: Heart Religion, the Enlightenment and Romanticism

6 The Characteristics of Alexander Knox’s Theology

7 Alexander Knox’s Theological Methodology

8 Alexander Knox’s Theology (I): God and Humanity; Christ and the Holy Spirit

9 Alexander Knox’s Theology (II): Justification and Perfection

10 Alexander Knox’s Theology (III): Baptism and the Eucharist

11 Alexander Knox’s Theology (IV): Ecclesiology

12 Alexander Knox’s Theology (V): Providence and Predestination

13 Alexander Knox’s Influence and His Relationship with the Tractarians

Scholars, students and clergy who are interested in Anglican history and theology, particularly the background to the Oxford Movement; students of John Wesley’s theology; those concerned with the study of the Enlightenment and Romanticism.
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