This Church History course is taught by Dr. Michael Lynch, and will run from January 10th through March 19th 2022. The syllabus is available here.
Above all else, the Puritan Richard Baxter (1615-1691) is known for his classic pastoral manual The Reformed Pastor – a work of great spiritual and practical depth, influential on generations of ministers.
And yet there is much more to Baxter than his pastoral and devotional work. He was a towering intellect, and produced theological, philosophical, and apologetical works which have been long neglected. A learned polymath, he engaged the best scientists, philosophers, theologians, and lawyers of his day. What’s more, he lived and ministered during the political turmoil of both the English Civil War, the Cromwell era, and the Restoration, and was never fully in harmony with either Royalists or Parliamentarians.
This class will examine the Baxter’s neglected defenses of the Christian faith, his philosophy of the immortality of the soul, his peculiar exposition of the doctrine of justification, and more.
Dr. Michael Lynch (Ph.D, Calvin Seminary) teaches Humanities, Theology, Latin, and Greek at Delaware Valley Classical School in New Castle, DE. He is the author of John Davenant’s Hypothetical Universalism: A Defense of Catholic and Reformed Orthodoxy.