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Baxter, Richard

Born: 1615 AD
Died: 1691 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Authors, Clergymen

Richard Baxter was an English Puritan church leader, divine scholar and controversialist.


1615 – Born 12th of November at Rowton, in Shropshire.


1629-1632 – Studied master of the free school at Wroxeter and made fair progress in Latin.


1638 – Became master of the free grammar school at Dudley and commenced his ministry, having been ordained.


1641 – Invited to deliver a sermon before the people, and was unanimously elected as the minister.


1643-1645 – Moved to Gloucester, and afterwards settled in Coventry, where he preached regularly both to the garrison and the citizens.


1647 – Staying at the home of Lady Rouse of Rouse-Lench in much physical weakness. 1650 – Wrote a great part of his famous work, The Saints’ Everlasting Rest.


1662 – Marriage on 24th of September with Margaret Charlton.


1660-1669 – Helped to bring about that event, settled in London and preached there.


       – He had been made a king’s chaplain, and was offered the bishopric of Hereford, but he could not accept the offer.


1685-1685 – Committed to the King’s Bench prison on the ridiculous charge of libeling the Church in his Paraphrase on the New Testament.


1673-1675 – Baxter theology was set forth most elaborately in his Latin Methodus theologia Chriatiana the Christian Directory (1673) contains the practical part of his system; and Catholic Theology is an English exposition.


1687 – Disturbed by persecution and retired to Acton in Middlesex, for the purpose of quiet study, but was placed in prison for keeping a conventicle. Baxter procured a habeas corpus in the court of common pleas.


1691 – Richard Baxter died 8th of December in London, and churchmen as well as dissenters attended his funeral.