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Richard Baxter (1615–91)

Alan C. Clifford

in Atonement and Justification

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780198261957
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682254 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261957.003.0002
Richard Baxter (1615–91)

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This chapter discusses the significance, the life, and the contributions of Richard Baxter. Baxter was ‘the outstanding figure among ejected ministers’. He is justly famous for his energetic pastoral ministry at Kidderminster from 1641 to 1660. He was equally noted for his distinctive theological and ecclasiastical position, in which he advocated the ‘middle way’ between the extremes of the day. A prophet of ecumenical comprehension, he was less successful in ending the Protestant fragmentation of his day than in his evangelistic and pastoral activities. However, his ‘pacific vision’ has earned him just renown, even if his methods were deficient in realism and common sense.

Keywords: Richard Baxter; religious writings; via media; Catholick Theologie; John Owen

Chapter.  5584 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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