But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Particular Voices - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 23:00

Lost Presbyterian Lenses

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When contending that Reformed theology, in the context of early seventeenth-century Puritanism, is the most significant influence on Particular Baptist origins and theology, this question naturally arises: If the Particular Baptists were so similar to the Reformed tradition, why is it that those in...

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Monday, 19 March 2018 23:00

Not Absolutely

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Early Particular Baptist history is notoriously murky, and historians are forced to be content with whatever information has survived the passage of time. The paucity of information requires that a degree of tentativeness be inserted into statements based on that information. Consequently, when...

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Saturday, 17 March 2018 10:18

Particular Baptist Identity and History

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In his ongoing series of posts “engaging” with Particular Baptist history and theology, Dr. R. Scott Clark recently articulated and clarified his angle of approach to the relevant issues and questions. In particular, Dr. Clark has suggested that though the Particular Baptists...

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Saturday, 17 March 2018 07:24

The Reformed Theology of Benjamin Keach

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Benjamin Keach is perhaps the most famous Particular Baptist of the seventeenth century. He published more than the rest of his peers, and consequently there has been much more written about Keach in secondary literature than about other Particular Baptists. Finding quality in that quantity of...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 23:00

From Shadow to Substance

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I am pleased to announce the release of my work on seventeenth-century Particular Baptist covenant theology, From Shadow to Substance: The Federal Theology of the English Particular Baptists (1642-1704),available through Amazon in the USA, UK, and EU markets.

From Shadow to Substance appro...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 04:00

William Kiffen and his World

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If you think that seventeenth-century English Baptist History is an empty mine whose precious stones have all been uncovered, cataloged, and put on display, you will be glad to know that that is entirely opposite to the truth. Indeed, the contrary is the case. And the proof of this is in the six...

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Saturday, 24 February 2018 07:34

From Shadow to Substance

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I am pleased to announce the release of my work on seventeenth-century Particular Baptist covenant theology, From Shadow to Substance: The Federal Theology of the English Particular Baptists (1642-1704). This is a lightly edited version of my Ph.D. dissertation.

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Friday, 16 February 2018 08:53

We All Have Our Types

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In a previous post, I offered three clarifications about historical Particular Baptist covenant theology as a response to Dr. R. Scott Clark’s post dealing with the same matters. Dr. Clark posted a second article continuing the dialogue, and I found it to be a helpful article in that it...

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 04:16

Soft Rain on Tender Grass

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In a recent blog post that introduces a forthcoming series of posts on the relationship of the Second London Baptist Confession (1677 2LCF) to the recovery of Reformed confessionalism (if I understand the purpose correctly), Dr. R. Scott Clark raises the issue of covenant theology as a...

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We interrupt our regular programming (of nothingness) to bring you a portion from Jeremiah Marsden, alias Zacharias Ralphson, An Apology for God’s Worship and Worshipers (London: n.p., 1683), 229-231. You can see a short description of his life, here.

Marsden’s treatise...

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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 07:00

Confessional Orthodoxy and Evangelical Union

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Evangelicalism has often been criticized for its lack of creeds and confessions. Yet there has been a consistent assumption, and perhaps assertion, that since evangelicals share a common subjective commitment to the Bible they must share a common commitment to the objective deposit of doctrine and the pattern of sound words in the Bible.

In the...

Thursday, 05 May 2016 09:59

Nehemiah Coxe (d. 5 May 1689)

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On 2 May 1689, Nehemiah Coxe wrote his will and set his final affairs in order. Three days later, he died of an unknown illness. He was buried in Bunhill fields (quite close to John Owen’s grave) in his in-laws’ vault, joining his son, Edmund, who had been buried there the year before. He left behind a wife, Margaret, and a...

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 10:50

The Marrow of Modern John Owen Debates

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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 11:35

Genesis 12 in Nehemiah Coxe’s Covenant Theology

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In 2005, RBAP modernized and republished Nehemiah Coxe’s 1681 work on covenant theology. This reprint has been very helpful for many as they have studied covenant theology, whether from a systematic standpoint or simply for historical-theological research. One of its strengths is the modern updating of language and style so that it can...

Friday, 25 March 2016 10:02

The Victory of Christ over Satan

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Colossians 2:13-15

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

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Friday, 26 February 2016 16:39

Updated Resources Page

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On this page I keep a collection of all known copies of Particular Baptist literature that are publicly available. These are few in number. Most of the Particular Baptists’ books are available through Early English Books Online, but this requires access to an institution with a paid subscription to the EEBO database. One might think...

Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:43

“If Christ be so rich, then trust to Christ”

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Thomas Brooks says,

From “The Unsearchable Riches of Christ” (1657)....

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Friday, 25 December 2015 07:00

Merry Christmas, from Hercules Collins

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Some excerpts from Hercules Collins’ “The Marrow of Gospel History.”

(The picture is from Edward Fisher’s “The Feast of Feasts.”)...

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Thursday, 17 December 2015 14:20

What is your only comfort in life and death?

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Monday, 14 December 2015 07:00

The Westminster Assembly Debates Credopaedobaptism

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In the seventeenth-century polemics of paedobaptism and credobaptism, one of the common arguments asserted by the English Particular Baptists was that their paedobaptist brothers agreed that a profession of faith was a necessary prerequisite for baptism. To make their point, Particular Baptists like Andrew Ritor, Benjamin Coxe, William...