Glaswegian Piety

Glaswegian Presbyterian orthodoxy had always played an important direct or indirect part in shaping the history of the university and it continued doing so for the next century. Like the other post-Reformation universities, Glasgow’s primary responsibility had been to train boys for the parishes and schoolhouses of a newly reformed church, a task whose importance John Knox, for one, had never underrated. ‘Above all things,’ he had warned the General Assembly in 1572, ‘preserve the Church from the bondage of the Universities. Persuade them to rule themselves peaceably, and order their schools in Christ; but subject never the pulpit to their judgement, neither yet exempt them from your jurisdiction.’11 Knox’s words were meant as a warning. But they were also the words of a master strategist who well knew that universities had a key role to play in the making of a godly community, words that were never forgotten by the clergy or laity.

Phillipson, Nicholas (2010). Adam Smith (p. 31). Yale University Press. Kindle Edition.

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