Were John Gill/Adam Clarke regarded As being "reputable" theologians?

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by JesusFan, May 31, 2011.

  1. JesusFan

    JesusFan
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2011
    Messages:
    6,356
    Likes Received:
    0
    Curious about them, as both have been referenced here on BB, but never really heard of either one?
     
  2. Earth Wind and Fire

    Earth Wind and Fire
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2010
    Messages:
    18,917
    Likes Received:
    95
    Sorry but Who?:smilewinkgrin:
     
  3. Grasshopper

    Grasshopper
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2002
    Messages:
    3,348
    Likes Received:
    14
  4. JesusFan

    JesusFan
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2011
    Messages:
    6,356
    Likes Received:
    0
    thanks!

    Do you consider them to be credible sources then?
     
  5. DHK

    DHK
    Expand Collapse
    <b>Moderator</b>
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2000
    Messages:
    37,982
    Likes Received:
    134
    It depends how you use them and what you use them for.
     
  6. JesusFan

    JesusFan
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2011
    Messages:
    6,356
    Likes Received:
    0
    Do they Accurately represent calvinism/Arminianism?
     
  7. DHK

    DHK
    Expand Collapse
    <b>Moderator</b>
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2000
    Messages:
    37,982
    Likes Received:
    134
    I don't know how you define Arminianism. Anything but a Calvinist??

    John Gill was a "super-hyper-Calvinist" to the extreme, if I can use that many superlatives.
    It led him to antinomianism.
    It also led him to a denial of the Great Commission. Salvation was all of God, so get out of the way and let God do his work. Man would just interrupt what God was doing in the souls of mankind. That was his basic theology. Thus there was no need to witness. He was a Baptist, but the Baptists of his own generation disagreed with him.
     
  8. JesusFan

    JesusFan
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2011
    Messages:
    6,356
    Likes Received:
    0
    he sounds like someone who "out calvined John Calvin"

    Any current day baptist teachers/Theologians comparable to him ?
     
  9. Skandelon

    Skandelon
    Expand Collapse
    <b>Moderator</b>
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2003
    Messages:
    9,638
    Likes Received:
    0
    I very much respect Adam Clarke and use his commentaries on a regular basis. You will be hard pressed to find a more qualified linguist and scholar. I've taken issue with a few of his conclusions, but I can't even remember them now.
     
  10. Martin Marprelate

    Martin Marprelate
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2010
    Messages:
    2,499
    Likes Received:
    454
    This is a gross libel on Gill.
    John Gill was one of the most important theologians and Pastors of the 18th Century. He was a great champion of Trinitarianism and was particularly important in keeping the Particular baptists out of Unitarianism which destroyed the General Baptists and Presbyterians in the early 1700s. He was probably the most able Hebraist of his day and his commentaries may still be read with great profit.

    Anglicans such as Augustus Toplady and James Hervey, who were much used in the great Methodist Revival, studied at his feet. His Calvinism was admittedly high, but not as hyper in practice as people make out.

    You can find out more on Gill and Unitarianism in the 18th Century here:-
    http://marprelate.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/learning-the-lessons-of-history-1/

    Steve
     
  11. DHK

    DHK
    Expand Collapse
    <b>Moderator</b>
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2000
    Messages:
    37,982
    Likes Received:
    134
    No doubt he was a great theologian. I won't debate that. J.T. Christian, in his "A History of the Baptists," chapter 20, quotes Toplady, who gives a rather balanced view of Gill:
    In the past I have quoted from other Baptist historians who have been much harsher in their condemnation of Gill than Christian's quote of Toplady.
     
  12. DHK

    DHK
    Expand Collapse
    <b>Moderator</b>
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2000
    Messages:
    37,982
    Likes Received:
    134
    Vedder, in his "A Short History of the Baptists," chapter 16, says:
    The common consensus was that Gill promoted false doctrine.
     
  13. J.D.

    J.D.
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2006
    Messages:
    3,553
    Likes Received:
    8
    There's no excuse for this type of railing against a true giant of baptist theology.

    And Clark certainly was reputable to whom I give due recognition; if not for the selection and tone of his words, then for the systematic approach he at least attempts to take within the confines of his methodist/arminian theology.
     
  14. TomVols

    TomVols
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2000
    Messages:
    11,170
    Likes Received:
    0
    I think that's a bit extreme and imprecise. Gill's Body of Divinity and his commentaries are gems. I won't argue that I think he crossed the line in terms of his zeal to maintain a rigorous Calvinism. I see him as being John MacArthur before John MacArthur was cool. But I think it would be harsh to call him a peddler of false doctrine unless you have a specific example I'm not aware of.

    Clarke and Gill can be used with great profit though both are on polar opposite ends of the soteriological spectrum
     
    #14 TomVols, May 31, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: May 31, 2011
  15. Iconoclast

    Iconoclast
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2010
    Messages:
    13,378
    Likes Received:
    728
    #15 Iconoclast, May 31, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: May 31, 2011
  16. J.D.

    J.D.
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2006
    Messages:
    3,553
    Likes Received:
    8
    Well said except I don't see any comparison between MacArther and Gill. Even though MacArthur is one of the great preachers of God in our time, I don't think he matches up to Gill in many ways.
     
  17. Rippon

    Rippon
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2005
    Messages:
    17,404
    Likes Received:
    328
    The last paragraph was not written by Toplady,but J.T.Christian.You have to keep your quotes straight.



    Make sure you correctly cite who is being quoted.
     
  18. DHK

    DHK
    Expand Collapse
    <b>Moderator</b>
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2000
    Messages:
    37,982
    Likes Received:
    134
    I use his commentaries occasionally.
    I am only quoting Baptist historians. I have quoted Christian, Christian quoting Toplady, and Vedder. I consider them reliable sources. They are not my opinions but the opinions of these historians, one of whom was Gill's contemporary.

    He was a theologian, a brilliant man, sometimes very difficult for the average theologian of his time (and ours) to understand--as his Body of Divinity indicates.
     
  19. Rippon

    Rippon
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2005
    Messages:
    17,404
    Likes Received:
    328
    The common consensus is that you have besmirched a godly man with your anti-Calvinistic bias firmly in hand.
     
  20. DHK

    DHK
    Expand Collapse
    <b>Moderator</b>
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2000
    Messages:
    37,982
    Likes Received:
    134
    I take it you don't study Baptist history?
     

Share This Page

Loading...