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Title: Inspiration and interpretation of scripture in the thought of Richard Baxter
Author: Evans, Eifion
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University of London
Date of Award: 1958
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The object of this study is to determine Baxter's doctrine of Scripture, its nature, the principles and means of its interpretation. In order to attempt an evaluation of Baxter's contribution in this field, it has been necessary to survey the Reformed and Puritan conceptions regarding Scripture, and thus to point out the sources upon which Baxter drew, and the distinguishing features of his system. For this purpose, the thesis lends itself to a triple division. The first part presents the Reformed and Puritan estimate of Scripture., the second, Baxter's doctrine of inspiration, and the third, his principles of interpretation and the means he used to expound Scripture effectively. Consequently, the first chapter deals with the note of authority sounded by the Continental Reformers with their high estimate of Scripture. Their assertions regarding Scripture, its divine authorship, its sufficiency and perspicuity were adopted and elaborated by the seventeenth century Puritans as shown in chapter two, which completes the first part of the work. Baxter's conception of Scripture as the Word of God is given in chapter three. The next chapter deals with his doctrine of inspiration, its meaning and extent. The full implications of inspiration, in Baxter's opinion, the regulative and normative nature of Scripture for faith and conduct, are outlined in chapter five. The third part opens with a presentation, in chapter six, of Baxter's principles of the interpretation of Scripture, as being both a divine and a human work. Chapter seven is concerned with the supreme implication of Scripture perspicuity and interpretation', the proclamation of the message of salvation. Finally, in a concluding chapter, an attempt is made to assess Baxter's contribution to the theology of his day, and to evaluate the relevance of his theology to the present time.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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