25077 BAXTER, Richard:
THE SAINTS EVERLASTING REST or a Treatise of The Blessed State of The Saints in Their Enjoyment of God in Glory.Printed for Francis Tyton at The Three Daggers in Fleet Street,1677.
Eleventh Edition Royal 8vo.pp.xxvi+ 836+ 3pp. index. Some occasional foxing, a mild waterstain to the prelims and a few contemporary ink marks. Illustrated frontispiece. Full dark tan calf with raised bands and a new title
Richard Baxter 1615 – 1691, was an English Puritan church leader, poet, theologian, and controversialist. Dean Stanley called him “the chief of English Protestant Schoolmen”. After some false starts, he made his reputation by his ministry at Kidderminster, and at around the same time began a long and prolific career as theological writer. After the Restoration he refused preferment, while retaining a non-separatist Presbyterian approach, and became one of the most influential leaders of the Nonconformists, spending time in prison. His views on justification and sanctification are somewhat controversial within the Calvinist tradition because his teachings seem, to some, to undermine salvation by faith, in that he emphasizes the necessity of repentance and faithfulness.Baxter famously remarked: In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.Few have fought harder for Christian unity than he did. Despite his well-intentioned desires for a unified church, however, some of Baxter’s theological positions were unhelpful and divisive. His views on justification and atonement were not in step with the Reformed tradition.