Neil M. Ross
Scottish Reformation Society
Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661), renowned as 'the saint of the Covenant', was one of the greatest men that Scotland ever saw, whether considered as a preacher, theologian, devotional writer, or political theorist. The memory of Rutherford will be ever fragrant in the minds of all who savour the spirituality of his letters. Rutherford's fruitful ministry in Anwoth was cut short by his being banished to Aberdeen where he wrote many of his famous letters. His teaching at St. Andrews and his published writings have had a vital spiritual and theological influence on many. He was untiring in defending the principles of the Scottish Church. We continue to benefit today from his faithful contribution to the labours of the Westminster Assembly.
The purpose of this present work is to place the main facts of Rutherford's life in a convenient form before the modern reader. In particular, it highlights Rutherford's significance as a theologian, an aspect that is sometimes neglected. Rutherford was able to combine doctrine and devotion in an elevated way that is all too rare in our own day.