How to Do Good to Many: The Public Good Is the Christian’s Life
In this work the famed seventeenth-century pastor Richard Baxter provides worthy instruction in the proper valuation of earthly and heavenly goods, including practical and perennial lessons on how to pursue the common good in society. Baxter’s practical wisdom and doctrinal acumen, including his great theological achievements, were always rooted in his pastoral ministry among the English people, first in the town of Kidderminster and then in London. His pastoral heart is reflected in How to Do Good to Many, which was addressed to the people of London. Although he was a controversialist and nonconformist, Baxter always engaged in dispute and polemic in pursuit of unity, love, and truth. This treatise, newly updated for modern readers by Jordan Ballor, captures many of the significant themes that characterize Baxter’s brilliant theological career: charity, fidelity, bravery, and wisdom.