How to Read Logos’ Baptist Covenant Theology Collection [Sam Renihan]

Helpful, timely tips from one who has spent a great deal of time in these works. Sam Renihan:

17 century booksWith the release of Logos’ Baptist Covenant Theology Collection (17 vols.) I thought it would be helpful and important to offer a few tips for those who are diving into these books.

If you are like me, it’s exciting to spend time in the writings of the Particular Baptists. Every now and then you feel like Indiana Jones looking for the lost Ark. There are even Nazis (Daniel Featley and Thomas Edwards) trying to kill you. This excitement and nostalgia, combined with your desire to find what you seek, may lead you astray in your reading of the sources. So, if this is your first foray into 17th century writings in general, and those of the Baptists in particular, then you should keep in mind at least the following things:

1. Keep in mind that you are from the 21st century…

2. Keep in mind the context in which the authors are writing…

3. Keep in mind that some of the authors later abandoned the faith…

4. Keep in mind that just because Baptist A held X belief, it does not mean that all Baptists, or any other Baptist held X belief…

5. Keep in mind that there are other works on covenant theology from the Particular Baptists. This is just a reminder that these works do not comprise the whole of Particular Baptist thought on covenant theology…

6. Keep in mind that some of these authors are not Baptists, though their works support Baptist principles and the Baptists appealed to them…

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