Sam Renihan follows up on a post he wrote June 2013:
Some time ago, I posted a lengthy piece intending to offer some balance to the strong push with which “1689 Federalism” was being put forward. The point was to make it clear that there were some Particular Baptists who held to a more “Westminster” style of federal theology. As the examples of this other flavor I mentioned Robert Purnell, Robert Steed/Abraham Cheare, and Thomas DeLaune.
I want to reevaluate some of the thoughts in that post for three main reasons:
- I missed some vital elements of argumentation in those authors’ writings which yield a somewhat different picture of their federalism.
- I want to remind readers to be careful with the language of “administration.”
- I want to reaffirm that a more “Westminster” style of federalism was present among PB’s.
- 17th Century Particular Baptist Covenant Theology
- Confessional Particular Baptist Covenant Theology
- Robert Purnell’s 1689 Federalism
I intend this post to be a friendly reply, and a help, to him. A reply because I think we both have not understood Steed/Cheare correctly, and a help because I’m adding another author that I think Junior would find a lot of agreement with…