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Title: A catholic reformed theologian : federalism and baptism in the thought of Benjamin Keach, 1640-1704
Author: Riker, David Bowman
ISNI:       0000 0001 1529 5129
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2006
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This study has two interrelated purposes.  First, it endeavors to demonstrate that Benjamin Keach is a catholic Reformed theologian.  Second, it attempts to unveil two of Keach’s loci, namely, his federal and baptismal doctrines.  The unveiling of these doctrines are not only to present them; but also, in presenting them, to support the first point.  The two objectives are pursued in the following manner: firstly, we investigate Keach’s relationship with church Tradition in order to show that he is a catholic.  On this point we find a man conversant with the said Tradition.  Secondly, we examine how he interacts with federalism so as to ascertain what type of Reformed thinker he is.  We conclude that he is a mainstream federalist, even a fierce defender of Reformed Orthodoxy.  Thirdly, we explore his concept of baptism with a view to demonstrate that, though at odds with the Reformed, he operates with the same Scriptural principle of Orthodoxy and does not see himself deviating from it: herein we meet him as a theologian.  We substantiate this claim by the presentation of his skillfull baptismal debates with his antagonists.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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