Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847) was the first Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland’s General Assembly and much, much more. He dominated the life of the Scottish Church in the mid-19th Century and his influence was felt much further afield, through his visionary thinking, writing and leadership. He was passionate about the proclamation of the gospel to the people of Scotland and through missionary work, to the rest of the world.
This biography of Thomas Chalmers brings to life and colour one of the most influential stories of Scotland’s past. Chalmers was distinctive among both the people and the church of Scotland in his day. Once he discovered the power of the gospel himself, its vision drove him to bring Christ’s message into every part of society. We are in danger of forgetting how much we owe to men like Chalmers who were salt and light in their generation; Sandy Finlayson has done a magnificent job in reminding us of his life, and he does it in a way that encourages us to go out and be salt and light too.
Iain D Campbell Free Church of Scotland
Alexander (Sandy) Finlayson is Library Director and Professor of Theological Bibliography at WestminsterTheological Seminary in Philadelphia. Sandy holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Tyndale Theological Seminary in Canada, where he was also Library Director for eleven years. His first book, Unity and Diversity: the founders of the Free Church of Scotland, was published in 2010.
He is married to Linda, who writes books for children, and they have one son.