In his day, practicing English pastor Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) was also the most prominent Baptist theologian on either side of the Atlantic Ocean and remained influential via his thoughtful writings up until the American Civil War. Since then, however, the emphasis on theological and doctrinal depth in Baptist preaching (and preaching generally) has been in decline.
Today, scholars are looking back at Fuller to provide an example of how pastors can relate doctrine to practice. He was not content to contribute to theological debate in print only; he also showed how the theological conclusions he had arrived at could be applied to local church ministry.
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About the Author
Paul Brewster is pastor of Rykers Ridge Baptist Church in Madison, Indiana, and also writes for Baptist Press. He holds degrees from the University of Arkansas (B.A.), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). Brewster and his wife have four children.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations xiii
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Decline of Doctrine in Baptist Churches 1
Chapter 2 The Theological Method of Andrew Fuller 37
Chapter 3 The Soteriology of Andrew Fuller 65
Chapter 4 From Doctrine to Practice 109
Chapter 5 Conclusion: Andrew Fuller as a Pastor-Theologian 159
Appendix 1 Andrew Fuller's Confession of Faith 181
Appendix 2 Fuller's Theological Dictionary Entry on Calvinism 189
Name Index 203
Subject Index 205