Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

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A prolific writer and English Puritan pastor. Baxter served the handloom worker community for nearly twenty years in Kidderminster, where he preached as “a dying man to dying men.” Predominantly self-educated, he was converted through his own private reading of the Scripture. After serving as a chaplain for a short period in Cromwell’s army and recovering from an illness, Baxter returned to Kidderminster to focus on writing. Some of his nearly two hundred works include The Saints’ Everlasting Rest (1650), a much loved devotional work he wrote during serious illness; The Reformed Pastor (1656), combating patterns of pastoral neglect; and some polemical works, such as his controversial treatise on justification.

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