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In pursuit of purity, unity, and liberty : Richard Baxter's Puritan ecclesiology in its seventeenth-century context

Author: Paul Chang-Ha Lim
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2004.
Series: Studies in the history of Christian thought, v. 112.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Richard Baxter's ecclesiology will be the focus of this study. Baxter (1615-1691) lived through the British Civil Wars, the Regicide, the Interregnum, the restoration of monarchy and episcopacy in 1660, subsequent ejection of numerous Puritan pastors, and the Glorious Revolution of 1689. His eccesiology was formed within these multifarious contexts. Among others, three significant facets of purity, unity, and  Read more...
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Named Person: Richard Baxter; Richard Baxter; Richard (Theologe) Baxter; Richard Baxter
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Chang-Ha Lim
ISBN: 9004138129 9789004138124
OCLC Number: 53932713
Description: xix, 263 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: I. Works of Baxter ix --
II. Journals, Monographs, Reference Works, and Miscellania xii --
Chapter 1 Historiographical Introduction, Methodology, and Structure 1 --
I. Another Work on Baxter? Historiographical Justification 1 --
II. Methodology and Structure 14 --
Part I Reforming the Notae Ecclesiae --
Chapter 2 Conversion and Catechizing: Preaching and Reform of the True Church 23 --
II. Preaching: Definition and Significance in Baxter 27 --
III. Conversionism, Modified Preparationism, and Plain Style 28 --
IV. Catechizing: A Necessary Supplement to Preaching 44 --
Chapter 3 Reforming the Entrance into the Visible Church: Baptism and Confirmation 53 --
II. Modern Historiography on Baxter's Baptismal Thought 56 --
III. Context of Baxter's Emerging Baptismal Thought 57 --
IV. Theological Considerations in Baxter's Baptismal Thought 60 --
V. Revitalized Confirmation: The "Perfecting" of Infant Baptism and Covenant Renewal 73 --
Chapter 4 Between Holy Fast and Unholy Feast: Baxter's Eucharistic Thought in Context 84 --
II. The Puritan Context of the Struggle for the Purity of the Lord's Supper 86 --
III. Baxter's Eucharistic Theology and the Question of Open Admission 88 --
IV. Preparation, Assurance, and the Communion of Saints 96 --
V. On Reforming Primitive Pastoral Discipline 103 --
Part II Unity, Purity, and Liberty Pursued --
Chapter 5 The Pursuit of Purity in Unity: The Worcestershire Association and the Rhetoric of Partial Conformity 117 --
I. Introduction: Historical and Historiographical 117 --
II. Pursuing Purity without Separatism: A Puritan Dilemma 120 --
III. The Worcestershire Association: Its Genesis and Activity for the Pursuit of Purity in Unity in the Context of Religious Radicalism in the 1650s 123 --
IV. Purity Perfected and Anti-Popery Continued: The Quaker Threat and Baxter's Interpretation of the Proliferation of Sects 138 --
V. Occasional Communion and the Limits of Non-Conformity 144 --
Chapter 6 Sola Scriptura, Socinianism, Antinomianism, and Doctrinal Unity in Primitive Purity 156 --
II. The Clash of 1654 and Its Theological Background 161 --
III. Baxter, Sola Scriptura, Socinianism, and the Problem of Primitive Purity 166 --
IV. Baxter's Theological Pedigree 173 --
V. John Owen and Richard Baxter: Common Puritan Past, Divergent Dissenting Future? 182 --
Chapter 7 In Pursuit of Liberty: The Grotian Religion and the "True" History of Puritanism 191 --
II. The Problem of the Grotian Religion: Liberty and Legitimacy of Reformed Ministry 195 --
III. The Quest for the "Right" History of the Puritans 212.
Series Title: Studies in the history of Christian thought, v. 112.
Responsibility: by Paul Chang-Ha Lim.

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This contextualised study illuminates the oft-misunderstood aspects of Richard Baxter's ecclesiology: purity, unity, and liberty. In doing so, it sheds further light on the nature of  Read more...

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