Anglican clergyman, Puritan, prolific author, protestant scholastic
- 1615 - born at Rowton in Shropshire.
- Largely self-taught in theology though strongly influenced by Nonconformists.
- 1638 Ordained by the Bishop of Worcester and later became Assistant minister at Bridgnorth.
- 1641 Became Curate to the incumbent of Kidderminster (Worcester Diocese). Here he exercised a very fruitful ministry until 1660.
- 1642 Temporarily became a Chaplain to the Parliamentary Army but opposed the 'Solemn League and Covenant'.
- 1660 Involved in the recall of Charles II.
- Refused an invitation to become Bishop of Hereford and was consequentially debarred from returning to Kidderminster.
- 1661 Took a prominent part in the Savoy Conference.
- Until the Declaration of Indulgence in1687 he suffered considerable persecution.
- He took part in the overthrow of James II
- 1691 died on 8 December
Baxter wrote nearly 200 works of which the best known are:
- The Saints Everlasting Rest
- The Reformed Pastor
- Reformed Liturgy
- Christian Directory
Church Book Room Press (Great Churchmen No. 12)
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