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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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A Baptist’s Beliefs

A Baptist’s Beliefs

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Early Evangelicalism

John Ryland

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This chapter presents excerpts from John Ryland Jr.'s “Confession of Faith Delivered by John Ryland Junior of Northampton at His Ordination to the Pastoral Care of the Church in College Lane, June 8, 1781.” Ryland is a neglected but important transitional figure among English Baptists of the eighteenth century. He questioned the High Calvinism of the previous generation of Baptists under the leadership of John Gill and John Brine. Perhaps the most significant influence on Ryland's theological development came from studying the writings of Jonathan Edwards, who sent his Humble Attempt to Promote the Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of God's People in Extraordinary Prayer to Ryland in 1784. In his “Confession of Faith,” which he delivered at his ordination in Northampton at the College Lane Chapel, Ryland argues for the existence of God, the depravity of humanity, the Bible as God's revelation, the Trinity, the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, communion as a commemorative meal of Christ's sufferings, and baptism by immersion.

Keywords:   revelation, John Ryland Jr., Baptists, Jonathan Edwards, God, Bible, Trinity, Jesus Christ, holy communion, baptism

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