New Respect for John Gill, Baptist Theologian of 18th Century England
Baptists today are strangely ahistorical, they don’t seem to care much for history in general, let alone their own. In that sense we are failing to break away from our secularized, pagan culture. But Christianity and Judaism are the two most historical religions in the world. We believe that God showed up in space and time, revealing himself and taking dramatic action to save us from our sins. The Church must study history and Baptists need to study their own history. Recently there has been a renewed interest in Calvinism amongst Southern Baptists and with that renewed theological interest comes a corresponding interest in history. One of the key early Baptist Calvinists in which there is a renewed interest is the British Pastor-Theologian John Gill (1697-1771).
Though frequently criticized as being a Hyper-Calvinist, new research is calling that label into question. His many volumes of commentary on the Old and New Testaments and his Theological works are seeing a bit of the light of day recently. A friend of mine from church, Jerad, is writing his Master’s Thesis on Gill and is offering a free CD with Gill’s collected writings loaded.
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There is a lot about John Gill on Jerads blog so take the time and browse through some wonderful Baptist history while you are there.
Paul Helm has also done some work on Gill recently; check out his blog here:
And here is a post by Steve Camp about Gill: