Richard Baxter: Gildas Salvianus: The Reformed Pastor

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  • Alison Searle (University of Sydney)

From its first publication to the present day, Richard Baxter’s impassioned text Gildas Salvianus; The Reformed Pastor (1656) has proved to be a successful and influential exploration of the pastor’s role within the parish. The title is taken from two early preachers who called their people to account for sin: Gildas, a monk in sixth century Britain and Salvian, who lived in fifth century Gaul and viewed the collapse of the Roman Empire as a divine judgement. Baxter comments: “I pretend not to the Sapience of Gildas, nor to the Sanctity of Salvian (as to the degree:) but by their names I offer you an excuse for plain dealing”. He takes comfort from the fact that as the direct approach of these men is “so much …

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Searle, Alison . "Gildas Salvianus: The Reformed Pastor". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 October 2006
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Religious Reform, Protestants, Dissenters