Particular Baptists & the Substance / Administration Distinction Part 2 [Sam Renihan]

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Sam Renihan
Sam Renihan

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:

 

  1. I missed some vital elements of argumentation in those authors’ writings which yield a somewhat different picture of their federalism.
  2. I want to remind readers to be careful with the language of “administration.”
  3. I want to reaffirm that a more “Westminster” style of federalism was present among PB’s.

 

I consider these reasons to be “live” issues because of some recent blogs by an internet-friend of mine, Enrique Junior Duran [yes, our own “Bigg Dippa”]:

 

 

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…

Read the rest of Particular Baptists and the Substance/Administration Distinction (Part 2) [21 minute readout]

3 Replies to “Particular Baptists & the Substance / Administration Distinction Part 2 [Sam Renihan]”

  1. This is extremely helpful in the discussion on Covenant Theology… “This is where we must be careful about how we use the word “administration.” It is necessary to ask, “is the author referring to the administration of the benefits (the CoG considered in the 1st sense) or the administration of ordinances (the CoG considered in the second sense)?””

    (this this would help clear up some of the discussions here http://credocovenant.com/2014/08/14/ccf-episode-twenty-six-the-abrahamic-covenant/ )

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