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QUOTE (Richard Baxter) – Dec 8

December 8, 2013

Richard Baxter, Puritan Theologian

“Nothing can be rightly known, if God be not known; nor is any study well managed, nor to any great purpose, if God is not studied. We know little of the creature, till we know it as it stands related to the Creator: single letters, and syllables uncomposed, are no better than nonsense. He who overlooketh him who is the ‘Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,’ and seeth not him in all who is the All of all, doth see nothing at all. All creatures, as such, are broken syllables; they signify nothing as separated from God. Were they separated actually, they would cease to be, and the separation would be annhiliation; and when we separate them in our fancies, we make nothing of them to ourselves. It is one thing to know the creatures as Aristotle, and another thing to know them as a Christian. None but a Christian can read one line of his Physics so as to understand it rightly. It is a high and excellent study, and of greater use than many apprehend; but it is the smallest part of it that Aristotle can teach us.”
~ Richard Baxter

In honor of Richard Baxter, an English Puritan, who died on this day in 1691.

Resources:
Richard Baxter (1615-1691)
Today in History – December 8
Richard Baxter > Quotes

2 comments

  1. This is really good, to see Baxter’s quote about the creatures/creation’s relationship to the Creator.
    I think it has Presuppositional apologetics implication here, to use this as a framework of arguing against the nonbeliever that without the presupposition of God, so much of reality would be little known and can’t be known.


    • I agree. When I first read this quote, I thought it was very Van Tillian, only a long time before Van Till.



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