Richard Baxter
in Making and remaking saints in nineteenth-century Britain
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The influence of the famous Puritan divine Richard Baxter on the Victorian Church has never been documented in detail. This paper redresses this by examining how Baxter was taken up and ‘canonised’ by nineteenth-century Christians from across the doctrinal spectrum. In doing so it focus on two principal aspects of Baxter’s saintly reputation. It first highlights the different typologies of prophet, apostle and martyr that were used to assess him and interpret his legacy, examining how Protestant Christians took up older, pre-Reformation, badges of sainthood – relics, unearthly holiness, angelic character and extraordinary endurance – and applied them to the heroes of their own tradition. Secondly, it explores his catholicity. While all sides admired Baxter’s eirenicism this paper focuses on the way in which the Broad Church, both Anglican and liberal Nonconformist, adopted him as a patron saint. Through an examination of figures from Samuel Taylor Coleridge to the Welsh writer J. M. Lloyd Thomas it demonstrates their construction of Baxter as herald of their own broad-minded and inclusive approach to Christianity. It also shows the ways in which they applied Baxter’s ideas to the theological crises and opportunities of their own time – comprehension, Catholic emancipation, the Test Act and biblical criticism – providing a fascinating snapshot of a century-long process of canonisation.

Editor: Gareth Atkins


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