Needed: Mere Christians
If you are like me, you probably desire “mere Christianity.” It was a phrase first coined by the seventeenth-century Anglican writer Richard Baxter. Baxter lived through the English Civil War and, as a Puritan, threw his support behind Oliver Cromwell and the Parliamentary forces. It was Cromwell who summoned Baxter from his church in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, to help establish the “fundamentals of religion” for the new government. Baxter complied, but Cromwell complained that Baxter’s summary of Christianity could be affirmed by a Papist.
“So much the better,” replied Baxter.