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Baxter: A Holy Commonwealth

Baxter: A Holy Commonwealth

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  • Date Published: May 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521405805

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  • A Holy Commonwealth was written in 1659 by the Puritan minister Richard Baxter (1615-91), and is a candid confession as to why a conservative Puritan fought for Parliament in the Civil War and gave his support to the Cromwells. Baxter publicly repudiated the work in 1670, and in 1683 the Oxford University authorities ordered it to be part of a book-burning that included the works of Hobbes and Milton. This modern edition makes available the work's unique perspective on the relation between Church and magistrate and the origins of the English Civil War.

    • First complete modern edition of a major seventeenth-century work never before accessible to modern readers
    • Offers important evidence about the origins of the English Civil War
    • Of interest to students of both political thought and church history
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    "Lamont's edition of 'A Holy Commonwealth' judiciously extracts the substance of the full work, including, for the first time in a modern edition, all of the three hundred eighty theses as well as those explanatory comments which contain new material....For the first time, students have access to the full range of Baxter's arguments without having to wade through the original, parts of which are redundant. The result is brilliant." Richard Greaves, Church History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521405805
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 137 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. There is a God that is mans creatour, proved
    2. God is the Soveraign ruler of Mankind
    3. Of the Constitution of this Kingdom of God
    4. Of the Administration of the Universall Kingdom
    5. Of a particular Commonwealth in generall subordinate to the Universall
    6. Of the divers sorts of Commonwealths
    7. Of the Fundation, efficient and conveying Causes, and means of power
    8. Of the best forms of Government and happyest Commonwealth
    9. How a Commonwealth may be reduced to its Theocraticall temper
    10. Of the Soveraigns power over the Pastors of the Church
    11. Of the Soveraigns prerogatives
    12. Of due Obedience to Rulers, and of Resistance
    13. An Account of the Reasons that perswaded me (and many others) to take up Armes in obedience to the Parliament in the Late Warres.

  • Author

    Richard Baxter


    William Lamont, University of Sussex

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