Feast of St Thomas of Malea
ROBERT BARCLAY'S (1648-1690) life span covered one of the most contentious periods in European history. His distant cousin King Charles I would be beheaded. Oliver Cromwell the Puritan would assume the throne during his childhood days. Charles II would retake the throne upon Barclay’s departure to be trained as a Roman Catholic apologist at the Scots College of Paris. Barclay’s eventual return and four year search amongst the many dissenting Protestant factions of his day would eventually lead him to join the Quakers. His life contrasts a soteriology in conflict, contrasting the imputed justification of his childhood days, the infused justification of his Roman Catholic training, and his eventual argument for an indwelling justification that he discovered amongst the Quakers. Barclay’s apologetic work for the ‘True Christian Divinity’ of the Quaker path would cover the time period of 1670-1679. Prior to his death, he would provide council for King James II and be named the first Governor of East Jersey. This paper argues that what Barclay articulated while amongst the warring factions of the West was really a soteriology of theosis from the East.
Kevin Mortimer is Professor of Missions at Barclay College (2011-present) and is completing his PhD in Philosophy & Religion from the University of Birmingham, UK. He received his Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Friends University in 1993 and has served as Senior Pastor (Carlisle, IA 2003-2010), Superintendent of the Iowa Yearly Meeting (1999-2003), Church Planting Pastor (Houston, TX 1993-1999), and Youth Pastor (Wichita, KS 1986-1993).