Mar 28, 2009

Fuller vs. Booth

I found the following review, by Nathan Finn, of a recently published book by Peter Morden, "Offering Christ to the World: Andrew Fuller (1754–1815) and the Revival of Eighteenth Century Particular Baptist Life, Studies in Baptist History and Thought, vol. 8." Carlisle, Cumbria, UK and Waynesboro, GA: Paternoster Press, 2003. Pp. xix, 196.

Finn wrote:

"Chapter four examines Fuller’s controversy with Abraham Booth over the atonement and the ordo salutis, particularly the order of faith and regeneration. Fuller believed that regeneration preceded faith and rejected a commercial understanding of the atonement. Booth argued faith preceded regeneration, but he argued for the more traditional understanding of particular redemption. Morden argues Fuller did not actually reject substitutionary atonement, but rather incorporated governmental tendencies into his view. It was in his view of the atonement that Fuller was most influenced by the New England theologians, though he never totally embraced the theology of the New Divinity Edwardsians." (Nathan A. Finn - Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary)

See here

I am interested in reading what Morden wrote in the chapter dealing with Fuller vs. Booth on the "ordo salutis."

I have been collecting notes for quite some time on these two great Baptist forefathers, and their views on the atonement and the ordo salutis.

More to come, the Lord willing.

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