By Brian H. Cosby
A nonconformist, unifier, husband of 3 deceased better halves, sufferer of spiritual persecution, and writer of what has been accumulated into six volumes of reprinted Works, John Flavel (c.1630-1691) of Dartmouth, England not just had an important following in the course of his personal lifetime, yet deeply encouraged those that could set the path as shapers of faith and tradition within the generations to stick with: Matthew Henry, raise Mather, John Newton, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, William Wilberforce, Archibald Alexander, and Charles Spurgeon. Flavel’s impact remained powerful until eventually the top of the 19th century, when—for a number of purposes offered during this examine search to show—historiographical, philosophical, and Christian literature ceased to acknowledge his existence or proposal. It has simply been in the final decade that scholarly paintings has all started to discover this ‘lost’ Puritan and notice him as an important source for figuring out lifestyles and concept in Stuart England in addition to the spiritual lifetime of the early American colonies. the 1st booklet of its style, John Flavel:Puritan existence and proposal in Stuart England goals to bare Flavel as either an important and influential English Puritan in addition to current the salient parts of his existence and suggestion.
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4. M. thesis with the same title, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2008. See also his related article, "John Flavel's Theology of the Holy Spirit," in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 14/4 (Winter 2010), 84-99. While Embry touches general themes of Flavel's theology, it is narrowed to his goal of providing support for Flavel's pneumatology. 5. While an excellent book and certainly worth any study into Flavel's theology, Yuille builds the bridge between Calvin and Flavel's views of union with Christ and does not substantially venture into other areas of Flavel's theology.
Phil. , Oxford University, 1954). 18. Chang, ''John Flavel of Dartmouth," 69. 8. See H. J. M. Nellen, "De zinspreuk 'In necessariis unitas, in non necessariis libertas, in utrisque caritas,'" Nederlands archief voor kerkgeschidenis 79, no. I (1999): 99-106. 19. Chang, "John Flavel ofDartmouth," 69. 20. For some in-depth studies of the ,work of the Westminster Assembly, see Robert Letham, The Westminster AsseJ11bly:Reading Its Theology in Histor- 52 Notes l. Two other academic resources will not be considered in what follows due to their rather unhelpful contribution.
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John Flavel: Puritan Life and Thought in Stuart England by Brian H. Cosby