Baxter: A Holy Commonwealth

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 28, 1994 - History - 254 pages
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A Holy Commonwealth was written in 1659 by the Puritan minister Richard Baxter (1615–91), and proved to be the most controversial of all his works. He publicly repudiated it in 1670, and in 1683 the Oxford University authorities ordered it to be part of a book-burning that included the works of Hobbes and Milton. The scandal that surrounded it has obscured its merits as the most candid of confessions as to why a conservative Puritan fought for Parliament in the Civil War and gave his support to the Cromwells. The views it expresses are at variance with the cautious explanations given in Baxter's later memoirs (now seen as a less reliable source than past commentators have presumed). This edition of A Holy Commonwealth makes available to modern readers a work which offers a unique perspective on the relation between church and magistrate and the origins of the English Civil War.
 

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Contents

There is a God that is mans Creator
49
God is the Soveraign Ruler of Mankind
52
Of the Constitution of Gods Kingdome
54
Of the Administration of the Universal Kingdom
60
Of a subordinate Commonwealth in General
66
Of the several sorts of Commonwealths
74
Of the Foundation efficient and conveying causes of Power
91
Of the best form of Government and Happyest Commonwealth
120
Of the Soveraigns Power over the Pastors of the Church and of the difference of their Offices
165
Of the Soveraigns Prerogatives and Power of Governing by Laws and Judgement
170
Of due Obedience to Rulers and of Resistance
176
Of the late Warres
207
Meditations
225
Preface to The Life of Faith 1670
243
Index
247
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How a Commonwealth may be reduced to this Theocratical temper if it have advantages and the Rulers and People are willing
143

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