Doctrinal Divinity

by John Gill


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In Doctrinal Divinity, 18th century Baptist apologist John Gill presents a robustly Calvinist system of theology. Gill aims to develop a way of understanding and speaking about God, namely, a way to make sense of God's nature and works. To set the foundation for this project, Gill first discusses the evidence for God's existence and then moves on to establish the Divine authority of Scripture. Gill then explores God's characteristics in light of God's covenant with the chosen elect. Gill provides a Reformed perspective on the three-person Godhead, ultimately arguing for "the plurality of the Trinity in the unity of the Divine." Several sections of Doctrinal Divinity are devoted to the purpose of Christ and the role of God's grace. The book concludes with a discussion of the final predicament of man. Gill relies heavily on Biblical passages but also cites relevant literature from ancient poets and Greek philosophers. Since Gill's style is both narrative and exegetical, Doctrinal Divinity offers an engaging read for all audiences.

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John Gill
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Born: November 23, 1697
Died: October 14, 1771
Related topics: Baptism, Baptists, Commentaries, Early works, Gill, John,--1697-1771
Basic information: John Gill (23 November 1697 – 14 October 1771) was an English Baptist pastor, biblical scholar, and theologian who held to a firm Calvinistic soteriology. Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, he attended Kettering Grammar School where he mastered the Latin classics and learned Greek by age 11. He continued self-study in everything from logic to Hebrew, his love for the latter remaining throughout his life.
Popular works: Doctrinal Divinity, Body of Practical Divinity, Exposition of the Book of Solomon's Song

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