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Richard Baxter (1615-91)

Anglican clergyman, Puritan, prolific author, protestant scholastic

Summary

  • 1615 - born at Rowton in Shropshire.
  • Largely self-taught in theology though strongly influenced by Nonconformists.
  • 1638 Ordained by the Bishop of Worcester and later became Assistant minister at Bridgnorth.
  • 1641 Became Curate to the incumbent of Kidderminster (Worcester Diocese). Here he exercised a very fruitful ministry until 1660.
  • 1642 Temporarily became a Chaplain to the Parliamentary Army but opposed the 'Solemn League and Covenant'.
  • 1660 Involved in the recall of Charles II.
  • Refused an invitation to become Bishop of Hereford and was consequentially debarred from returning to Kidderminster.
  • 1661 Took a prominent part in the Savoy Conference.
  • Until the Declaration of Indulgence in1687 he suffered considerable persecution.
  • He took part in the overthrow of James II
  • 1691 died on 8 December

Baxter wrote nearly 200 works of which the best known are:

  • The Saints Everlasting Rest
  • The Reformed Pastor
  • Reformed Liturgy
  • Christian Directory

 

                      

 

Biography of Richard Baxter by C. Sydney Carter

Published by Church Book Room Press (Great Churchmen No. 12)

          

 

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