A DEFENCE OF THE DIVINE RIGHT OF INFANT-BAPTISM...BEING IN REPLY TO DR. JOHN GILL'S BOOK, INTITLED, THE DIVINE RIGHT OF INFANT-BAPTISM EXAMINED AND DISPROVED. AND IN VINDICATION OF THE LATE MR. JONATHAN DICKINSON'S BRIEF ILLUSTRATION AND CONFIRMATION OF THE DIVINE RIGHT OF INFANT-BAPTISM.

Boston: Printed and Sold by S. Kneeland, 1752. [2],vi,453,[6]pp. Contemporary speckled calf. Head of spine a bit worn. Early ownership signature on titlepage. Text with light, even tanning. Very good. Item #WRCAM47441

The question of whether an infant could, and should, be baptized, was a major controversy in mid-eighteenth century Anglo-American theology, and this is an important work on that subject. John Gill was a dissenting English Baptist minister, at times considered a "hyper-Calvinist" due to his strict theories of salvation. In the 1740s and 1750s he engaged in a controversy with several American Presbyterian ministers, including Jonathan Dickinson of Elizabethtown, New Jersey (the founding president of the College of New Jersey, later Princeton) over the question of infant baptism. Dickinson was a proponent of infant baptism, but Gill considered it a human invention, and not ordained by God. Dickinson died in 1747, and Peter Clark, a pastor in Salem, continued the doctrinal debate with Gill in the present volume. Gill followed with a REPLY to Clark in 1754. EVANS 6829. ESTC W20116. SABIN 13350 (note).

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