Reformation Pastors: Richard Baxter and the Ideal of the Reformed Pastor

Reformation Pastors: Richard Baxter and the Ideal of the Reformed Pastor

by J. William Black, John Morrill
     
 

This work examines Richard Baxter's understanding and practice of pastoral ministry from the perspective of his own stated concern for reformation and in the broader context of Edwardian, Elizabethan, and early Stuart pastoral ideals and practice. It investigates Baxter's major treatise on pastoral ministry, 'Gildas Salvianus, the Reformed Pastor' (1656), and

Overview

This work examines Richard Baxter's understanding and practice of pastoral ministry from the perspective of his own stated concern for reformation and in the broader context of Edwardian, Elizabethan, and early Stuart pastoral ideals and practice. It investigates Baxter's major treatise on pastoral ministry, 'Gildas Salvianus, the Reformed Pastor' (1656), and explores the background of each aspect of his pastoral strategy. Far from being novel, Baxter's practice of pastoral ministry certainly reflects aspects of his puritan predecessors' practice, if not their rhetoric. Black argues, however, that the primary contours of Baxter's ministry look back, not to the puritan pastoral ideals and strategies dominant after the Elizabethan Settlement, but to the Edwardian reformation emphases of the exiled Strasbourg reformer Martin Bucer. The book concludes by considering the impact of Baxter's pastoral legacy, both on the lives of individual pastors and on the subsequent discussion of puritan ministry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597527682
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Series:
Studies in Christian History and Thought Series
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

J. William Black received his BA from Duke University, his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his PhD from the University of Cambridge. An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), he has served churches in North Carolina and Pennsylvania and has taught students preparing for Christian ministry in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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