The Works of Andrew Fuller

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General Theology, Pastoral Biography

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Whole Bible

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Jun 1, 2007


‘Andrew Fuller was perhaps the most judicious and able theological writer that ever belonged to our denomination.’ — JOHN RYLAND JR.

‘The greatest theologian of his century.’ — C. H. SPURGEON

‘His influence on American Baptists was incalculable.’ — A. H. NEWMAN

‘Without a doubt, he was the greatest theologian of the late eighteenth-century transatlantic Baptist community.’ — MICHAEL A. G. HAYKIN

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Andrew Fuller (1754-1815), Baptist minister and theologian, was a truly outstanding man and one of the most attractive personalities in church history. Charles Haddon Spurgeon once described him as ‘the greatest theologian’ of his time, while his close friend, William Carey (1761-1834) expressed the thought of many who were personally acquainted with him, when he said, ‘I loved him.’

Converted in 1769, Fuller was called to the pastorate of his family’s church in Soham, Cambridgeshire (1775). These were the formative years of his ministry, when his theological understanding was sharpened through close study of the writings of Jonathan Edwards, and by his life-long friendships with his closest ministerial colleagues, Robert Hall Sr., John Ryland Jr., and John Sutcliff.

In 1782 Fuller became pastor of the Baptist church in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Here he spent 33 fruitful years in pastoral ministry, theological controversy, and missionary endeavour. Perhaps the most significant event in his ministry here was the publishing in 1785 (second edition 1801) of his The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation. Its main purpose was to set forth the truth that ‘faith in Christ is the duty of all men who hear, or have opportunity to hear, the gospel.’ ‘This epoch-making book’, says Michael Haykin, ‘sought to be faithful to the central emphases of historic Calvinism while at the same time attempting to leave preachers with no alternative but to drive home to their hearers the universal obligations of repentance and faith.’ Its significance cannot be exaggerated, for it led directly to Fuller’s whole hearted involvement in the formation of the Baptist Missionary Society (1792) and the subsequent sending of the society’s most famous missionary, William Carey to India (1793).

Fuller’s other major writings are also worthy of note. In The Calvinistic and Socinian Systems Examined and Compared, as to their Moral Tendency he combated the Socinianism of Joseph Priestley, (which denied the Trinity and the Deity of Christ); in The Gospel Its Own Witness Fuller countered the Deism of Thomas Paine (William Wilberforce, who admired Fuller as a theologian, considered this to be Fuller’s most important treatise); and in his Strictures on Sandemanianism Fuller defended the biblical doctrine of faith against those who held to an intellectualist view of saving faith, a ‘bare belief of the bare truth’.

The dominant theme of Fuller’s Works is ‘the grace of God in the gospel.’ In his last letter to his friend John Ryland, Jr., Fuller testified: ‘I have preached and written much against the abuse of the doctrine of grace, but that doctrine is all my salvation and all my desire. I have no other hope than from salvation by mere sovereign, efficacious grace through the atonement of my Lord and Saviour’.

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I 1754 – 1776 Mr Fuller’s Birth… xv
II 1777 – 1783 Change in his Manner of Preach­ing… xxvii
III 1784 – 1792 Labours at Kettering… xxxviii
IV 1793 – 1814 Formation of Baptist Mission… lvi
V 1814, 1815 Journeys into various parts of Eng­land… lxxxii
The Gospel Its Own Witness 3
The Holy Nature Of The Christian Religion Con­trasted With The Immorality Of Deism 6
The Harmony Of The Christian Religion Considered As An Evidence Of Its Divinity 28
To Deists 45
To The Jews 47
To Christians 49
The Calvinistic And Socinian Systems Examined And Compared As To Their Moral Tendency 50
Socinianism Indefensible, Containing A Reply To Dr Toulmin And Mr Kentish 110
Reflections On Mr Belsham’s Review Of Mr Wilberforce’s Treatise On Christianity 131
Letters To Mr Vidler On Universal Salvation 133
The Gospel Worthy Of All Acceptation
advertisement to the second edition 150
The Subject Shown To Be Important, Stated, And Explained 152
Arguments To Prove Faith In Christ To Be The Duty Of All Who Hear, Or Have Opportunity To Hear, The Gospel 157
Objections Answered 168
Concluding Reflections 175
Appendix 179
Defence Of The “Gospel Worthy Of All Acceptation,” In Reply To Mr Button And Philanthropos 191
The Reality And Efficacy Of Divine Grace, By Agnostos 234
Strictures On Sandemanianism, In Twelve Letters To A Friend 256
Dialogues And Letters Between Crispus And Gaius 294
Conversations Between Peter, James, And John 309
Letters on the controversy with the rev a booth 317
Letters Relative To Mr Martin’s Pub­lication On The Duty Of Faith In Christ 325
Antinomianism Contrasted With The Religion Of The Holy Scriptures 334
Exposition Of Passages Relating To The Conversion Of The Jews 497
Exposition Of Certain Prophecies Relating To The Millennium 503
Exposition Of Those Scriptures Which Refer To The Unpardonable Sin 505
Expository Notes On Various Passages 507
Exposition Of Passages Apparently Contradictory 529
Sermons And Sketches 538
Circular Letters 714
Letters On Systematic Divinity 740
Thoughts On Preaching 752
Memoirs Of The Rev Samuel Pearce 760
An Apology For The Late Christian Missions To India, In Three Parts, With An Appendix 796
Essays, Letters, On Ecclesiastical Polity 829
Miscellaneous tracts, essays, let­ters, 863
Reviews 962
Answers To Queries 971
Fugitive Pieces 984

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  1. Joe Connolly

    Andrew Fuller said: “A persuasion of Christ being both able and willing to save all them that come unto God by him, and consequently to save us, if we so apply, is very different, from a persuasion that we are the children of God, and interested in the blessings of the gospel.” It is the “if we so apply” part that this Christian finds troubling: Does my salvation rest on my ‘applying’ to God for it? The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ tells me that Christ determined to save those whom He loved from all eternity, even though they did not ‘apply’ to Him to do so! We are made willing in the day of His power – we do not make Him willing by ‘applying’. Christ is mighty to save, and He has performed the work for His blood-bought people. Fuller’s theology is inconsistent, and seems to be an apology for the doctrine of particular election and reprobation, as though he were ashamed of these truths.

  2. David J Bissett

    Andrew Fuller was a dynamic theological, writing and pastor/preacher. I have this huge volume (one of the biggest books I own), and every time I read Andrew Fuller I am refreshed. There is a vividness to his style and a passion in his writings. Highly recommended.

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