Appendix A: Items not found in the Brown abridgment

A.1. Extended section on church discipline

The most important single item retained in the Rutherford abridgment that does not appear in the standard Brown abridgment is the extended section on church discipline (“Public discipline,”, and its five subheadings.) I advise starting with the heading one level above that, titled “Oversight of the members distinctly” (2.4.4).

There are also several cases in which the Rutherford abridgment retains helpful footnotes and supporting quotations from church fathers which the Brown abridgment does not. These are catalogued in section A.2, below.

Finally, Baxter’s references to other works works were retained in the Rutherford edition; these are listed in section A.3, at the end of this appendix. —D.S.M.

A.2. Footnotes, supporting quotations, and references to men

Austin, Gregory, Gregory the Great, Isidore, Plaut.:
Footnote on excommunication in the early church: 2.5.1
First principles, importance of laying a good foundation by teaching
Archbishop Usher: 7.2
Innovations, avoiding, and avoiding hindering the progress of knowledge
Keeping our reward in view
Dr. Reignolds: 6.6 (passing reference)
Learning before teaching, the necessity of
Vigilius the martyr: (passing reference)
Manner of the pastoral work, the proper
Laboriously and diligently
Bernard, Gregory: 3.2
Prudently and orderly
Augustine, Gregory Nyssen: 3.3
We must insist most on the greatest and most necessary things
Curtius; “the soldier”: 3.4
In a sense of our insufficiency and dependance on Christ
Austin: 3.6
In humility and condescension
Hugo: 3.7
With affectionate seriousness
Gregory: 3.9
Reverently and spiritually
Jerome: 3.10
In tender love to our people
Austin, Hierom: 3.11
Motives to quicken us to our duty
“If Christ had but committed to my keeping…”—one of the ancient doctors: 5.1.4
Private instruction, the necessity of
Best way to fill narrow bottles—Dr. Hammond (referencing Quintilian): Address to the people
Let us do what we can—Gurnal: Address to the people
Sin of choosing our beliefs based on secular advantages
Constantine, Liberius, Osius: (passing reference)
Sin of desiring knowledge for the wrong reasons
Bernard: 3.1
Sin of despising God
Salvian: 4.2
Sin of negligent studies
Time, redemption of
Mr. Wheatley: 6.5.2 (passing reference)
[John] Davenant (Bishop of Salisbury), [Thomas] Morton (Bishop of Durham), [Joseph] Hall (Bishop of Norwich): 4.1.2 (passing reference)
Warning to pastors
To “see that the work of grace be advancing in our own hearts”—footnote on Origen’s sermon on Psalm 50:16-17,

“But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant into thy mouth? seeing thou hatest instruction, and hast cast my words behind thee”


Winning over schismatics with kindness
Musculus and the Baptists:

A.3. References to other works

Several of the following works can be found today in Google Books. I have provided the original full title where possible.  –D.S.M.

  1. Mr. Bolton, Instructions for Right Comforting: (full title: Instructions for a Right Comforting Afflicted Consciences : With Special Antidotes Against Some Grievous Temptations; Delivered for the Most Part in the Lecture at Kettering in Northamptonshire, by Robert Bolton)
  2. Calvin’s Institutes:
  3. Cave’s Primitive Christianity: 2.5.1 (full title: Primitive Christianity; or, The Religion of the Ancient Christians in the First Ages of the Gospel. In three parts. By William Cave, D.D.)
  4. CLARK’s Lives of the Fathers: (full title: The Marrow of Ecclesiastical Historie, conteined in the Lives of the Fathers, and other Learned Men, and Famous Divines, which have Flourished in the Church since Christ’s Time, to this present Age. Faithfully collected out of several Autors, and orderly disposed, according to the Centuries wherein they lived. Together With the Livelie Effigies of most of the Eminentest of them cut in Copper, By Samuel Clark Pastor of Bennet-Fink.)
  5. Dod on the Commandments:
  6. Fuller’s New History of the Church of England: 0.4.3
  7. “that excellent letter of Edmund Grindal, archbishop of Canterbury, to Queen Elizabeth, for ministerial meetings and exercises” (passing reference): 0.4.3
  8. Gurnal, The Christian in Complete Armour: Address to the people (full title: The Christian in Complete Armour; or, a Treatise on The Saints’ War with the Devil: Wherein a Discovery is Made of the Policy, Power, Wickedness, and Strategems, made use of by that Enemy of God and His People. A Magazine Opened, from whence the Christian is Furnished with Spiritual Arms for the Battle, Assisted in Buckling on his Armour, and Taught the Use of his Weapons, together with the Happy Issue of the Whole War. By William Gurnall, A.M., formerly of Lavenham, Suffolk.)
  9. [Joseph] Hall (Bishop of Norwich)’s The Peace-Maker and Pax Terris: 4.1.2
  10. Dr. Hammond, Power of the Keys: Address to the people
  11. Law’s Serious Call to a Holy Life:
  12. The Penitential Discipline of the Primitive Church, by a Presbyter of the Church of England.: 2.5.1 (full title: The Penitential Discipline of the Primitive Church, for the First 400 Years after Christ: Together with Its Declension from the fifth Century, downwards to its Present State, Impartially Represented. By a Presbyter of the Church of England.)
  13. Whately’s New Birth: (full title: The new birth: or, a treatise of regeneration, by William Whately)
  14. Zanchius, De Ecclesia:
Chapter 8 CONTENTS Appendix B: Page scans

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.