Edification and Beauty

The Practical Ecclesiology of the English Particular Baptists, 1675-1705

By James M. Renihan

Foreword by Robert W. Oliver

Edification and Beauty

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  • ISBN: 9781606084816
  • Pages: 232
  • Publication Date: 2/18/2009
  • Retail Price: $28.00
Web Price: $22.40
Web Price: $22.40

Edification and Beauty

The Practical Ecclesiology of the English Particular Baptists, 1675-1705

By James M. Renihan

Foreword by Robert W. Oliver

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781606084816
  • Pages: 232
  • Publication Date: 2/18/2009
  • Retail Price: $28.00
Web Price: $22.40

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Edification and Beauty describes the practical application of confessional theological principles among English Particular Baptists at the close of the seventeenth century. It examines the theological summary of their views as contained and expressed in the Second London Confession (1677/89), fleshed out in various published works, and recorded in manuscript church books. It describes in detail a wide variety of ecclesiological practices, demonstrating that these churches and their leaders sought to work out in practice the principles they publicly confessed. The book demonstrates that confessional subscription was taken seriously and practiced carefully within the Particular Baptist churches.

Endorsements & Reviews-

'This careful and systematic study breaks significant new ground in the history of the English Particular Baptist churches--and, by extension, in our understanding of religious experience of early modern Protestantism.'
-- Crawford Gribben, Long Room Hub Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Print Culture, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

'James Renihan has done excellent work in comparing church records of subscribing churches to the ecclesiological issues of the Second London Confession. The book represents the finest of careful, primary source scholarship. Any who see the importance of the period of English Dissent, Baptist history, or confessional dynamics, will benefit from careful attention to Renihan's work.'
--Tom J. Nettles, Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

'This is an important work on the history of Baptist ecclesiology, and I am delighted to see it published. It is well argued, insightful and timely given the increasing interest in Baptist ecclesiology. I expect this book to play a significant role in the ongoing discussions of Baptist history and polity. Renihan's work has benefited not only my academic considerations but also my direct pastoral work.'
-- Ray Van Neste, Associate Professor of Christian Studies, Director, R.C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, Union University.

Contributors-

James M. Renihan
Robert W. Oliver

Bio(s)-

James M. Renihan is Dean and Professor of Historical Theology at the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, Escondido, California. He is an ordained Baptist minister, having served churches in Massachusetts and New York prior to his current academic post. He has been married for thirty years, and has five children and a growing number of grandchildren.

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