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The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume IIThe Long Eighteenth Century c. 1689-c. 1828$
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Andrew Thompson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198702245

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198702245.001.0001

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Theology and the Bible

Theology and the Bible

(p.305) 15 Theology and the Bible
The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume II

David M. Thompson

Oxford University Press

When tracing the history of Dissenting religious thought it is important to remember the fluidity of denominational labels and the difficulties of tracing influence and reconstructing traditions. The sola scriptura principle remained important for many Dissenters but in an age in which print was expanding and consensus difficult to achieve, there was considerable room for debate about the meaning of Scripture. Biblical interpretation was, therefore, important for Dissenters but, equally, there were increasingly vigorous assertions of the right of private judgement. Alongside biblical exegesis, the importance of the sacraments was an area of lively debate, particularly for Baptists. At various times questions about orthodoxy and its limits became entangled in debates about the scriptural justifications for the incarnation or the Trinity. Likewise, concerns about Calvinism and whether it needed to be moderated or reinforced also loomed large.

Keywords:   biblical interpretation, Calvinism, Philip Doddridge, Matthew Henry, Nathaniel Lardner, orthodoxy, private judgement, sacraments, Trinity, Isaac Watts

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