Doctrinal Divinity

Doctrinal Divinity

by John Gill
     
 

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In Doctrinal Divinity, 18th century Baptist apologist John Gill presents a robustly Calvinist system of theology. Gill aims to develop a way of understanding and speaking about God, namely, a way to make sense of God's nature and works. To set the foundation for this project, Gill first discusses the evidence for God's existence and then moves on to establish the…  See more details below

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In Doctrinal Divinity, 18th century Baptist apologist John Gill presents a robustly Calvinist system of theology. Gill aims to develop a way of understanding and speaking about God, namely, a way to make sense of God's nature and works. To set the foundation for this project, Gill first discusses the evidence for God's existence and then moves on to establish the Divine authority of Scripture. Gill then explores God's characteristics in light of God's covenant with the chosen elect. Gill provides a Reformed perspective on the three-person Godhead, ultimately arguing for "the plurality of the Trinity in the unity of the Divine." Several sections of Doctrinal Divinity are devoted to the purpose of Christ and the role of God's grace. The book concludes with a discussion of the final predicament of man. Gill relies heavily on Biblical passages but also cites relevant literature from ancient poets and Greek philosophers. Since Gill's style is both narrative and exegetical, Doctrinal Divinity offers an engaging read for all audiences.

Emmalon Davis
CCEL Staff Writer

This edition features an artistic cover, a new promotional introduction, an index of scripture references, links for scripture references to the appropriate passages, and a hierarchical table of contents which makes it possible to navigate to any part of the book with a minimum of page turns.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013050945
Publisher:
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Publication date:
08/25/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

John Gill - (1697 - 1771), English Baptist, Biblical scholar, staunch Calvinist
John Gill was born November 23, 1697 in Kettering, Northamptonshire. In his youth, he attended Kettering Grammar School, mastering the Latin classics and learning Greek by age eleven. The young scholar continued self-study in everything from logic to Hebrew. His love for Hebrew would follow Gill throughout his life.

At the age of about twelve, Gill heard a sermon from his pastor, William Wallis, on the text, "And the Lord called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou?" (Genesis 3:9). The message stayed with Gill and eventually led to his conversion. It was not until seven years later that young John made a public profession when he was almost nineteen years of age.

His first pastoral work was as an intern assisting John Davis at Higham Ferrers in 1718 at age twenty one. He was subsequently called to pastor the Strict Baptist church at Goat Yard Chapel, Horsleydown, Southwark in 1719. In 1757, his congregation needed larger premises and moved to a Carter Lane, St. Olave’s Street, Southwark. His pastorate lasted 51 years. This Baptist Church would later become the Metropolitan Tabernacle pastored by Charles Spurgeon. During Gill's ministry the church strongly supported the preaching of George Whitefield at nearby Kennington Common.

In 1748, Gill was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by the University of Aberdeen.

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