The Theology of Samuel Rutherford

The panelists of Christ the Center recently talked with Rev. Dr. Guy Richard, senior minister of First Presbyterian Church (PCA) of Gulfport, MS, about his new study, The Supremacy of God in the Theology of Samuel Rutherford, published by Paternoster/Wipf & Stock. The historical context of the rising tide of Arminianism in Scotland in the 17th century was discussed as was the substance of Rutherford’s polemics, especially his (as yet untranslated) work Examen Arminianismi. Also discussed was the relationship of this study to the Calvin vs the Calvinists debate and Rutherford’s contribution to the developing Reformed political philosophy with his Lex, Rex. The panel concluded with a discussion of the contemporary significance of Rutherford’s theology. All in all, a very rewarding conversation.

Bibliography

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Rhetorfors, Samuel. Examen Arminianismi. Ultrajecti: Smytegelt, 1668.

Richard, Guy. “Samuel Rutherford’s supralapsarianism revealed: a key to the lapsarian position of the Westminster Confession of Faith?.” Scottish Journal of Theology 59, no. 1 (February 1, 2006): 27–44.

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This is a bit off topic, but I was wondering if Jeff Waddington has anything in print regarding how he came to embrace the Reformed faith out of a Wesleyan-Arminian background. Reason I ask is that I was raised in the conservative holiness movement which is strongly Wesleyan-Arminian. I’m always interested to hear about the experiences of other ex-Wesleyan’s.

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Stephen

Thanks for the question. Unfortunately I have not put into print anything about my pilgrimage to the Reformed faith. More than ten years ago a friend encouraged me to write my reflections down, and there was some initial interest from a publisher, but it never went anywhere.

If there is sufficient interest, I would be happy to post a brief account.

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Thank you for an excellent program.

The testimony of God’s grace evident in Guy’s life and ministry was especially edifying (in particular Guy’s sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit in his decision to minister in the church in Gulfport).

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There is apparently a lot for me to discover outside of my books. Thanks for the great read,

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