Audio Book Samples

Saturday, June 21, 2014

John Collinges  1623-1690

Author of a Number of Annotations for Matthew 

Poole's Commentary

John Collinges (1623–1690) was an English presbyterian theologian, participant in the Savoy Conference, ejected minister, and prolific writer.

Collinges wrote the annotations in Poole's Bible on the last six chapters of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentation, the four Evangelists, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Philemon, and Revelation.

From pages 82 and 83 of "The A to Z of the Puritans" by Charles Pastoor, Galen K. Johnson:

COLLINGES, JOHN (1623-1690).   English Presbyterian minister.  The son of Edward Collinges, a clergyman, John Collinges was born in Boxted, Essex, and , until the age of 16, was educated at the grammar school of nearby Dedham, where he came under the preaching of John Rogers and, afterward, Matthew Newcomen.  He attended Cambridge, and, at age 22, became preacher at Bures, Essex.  While at Bures, he stayed with the family of Isaac Wyncoll and married the oldest daughter.  In 1651, he accepted a call to St. Savior's parish in Norwich and, in 1653, to St. Stephens.  He was appointed a commissioner of the Savoy Conference in 1661.  In 1662, he was ejected from the ministry under the Act of Uniformity.  For a brief time before his death, Collinges also served as minister of a Presbyterian chapel at Colgate.

     Collinges was a voluminous writer.  Many of his early works are polemical tracts on subjects such as lay-preaching, church government, Sabbath observance, and the celebration of Christmas.  He wrote many devotional and pastoral works, including Five Lessons for a Christian to Learn (1650), A Cordial for a Fainting Soul (in three parts, 1649, 1650, and 1652), a commentary on Song of Solomon titled Intercourses of Divine Love Between Christ and His Church (1676), and a spiritual guide for weavers titled The Weaver's Pocketbook, or Weaving Spiritualized (1675). Collinges also wrote a significant number of the annotations for Matthew Poole's Commentary on the Bible.

COLLINGES, JOHN, D.D. (1623–1690), presbyterian divine, was the son of Edward Collinges, M. A., 'concerning whose faithfulnesse in his ministery,' his son informs us, 'many soules in glory, many in this and the other England, can beare witnesse.' He was born in 1623 at Boxted, Essex, and educated, 'till I was sixteen,' at the neighbouring grammar school of Dedham, where he came under the influence and preaching of the famous John Rogers and his successor, Matthew Newcomen. His father died when he was fifteen, leaving an estate, 'little above 501. a yeare,' to maintain his wife, son, and two daughters; but the son was sent to Cambridge, 'where I lived, though in no heighth, yet in no want, by the favour of my learned tutor.' At Cambridge he studied diligently, but confesses that he fell into ungodly ways, which he had scarcely abandoned when he became, about two-and-twenty, 'a constant preacher,' living in the family of Mr. Isaac Wyncoll of Bures, Essex, whose eldest daughter he married. After two years at Bures he was called to Norwich, at first apparently to St. Saviour's parish; but in 1653 he took the place of Harding, ejected vicar of St. Stephen's, which he held without institution till the Restoration compelled him to resign it. In September 1646, when he came to Norwich, he was invited by Sir John Hobart 'to take my chamber in his house, . . . and to take some oversight of his family as to the things of God.' After Sir John Hobart's death part of the house was converted into a chapel by his widow, and here for sixteen years, till the passing of the act restraining religious meetings, Collinges lectured on weekdays, and repeated his public discourses on Sunday nights. Collinges was a keen controversialist and most prolific writer. In 1651 he published 'Vindiciae Ministerii Evangelici,' which is a vindication of a Gospel ministry against the claim of 'intercommonage' on the part of 'gifted men' not regularly set apart to preach. This was attacked by William Sheppard in 'The People's Priviledges and Duty guarded against the Pulpit and Preachers,' to which Collinges at once replied in 'Responsoria ad Erratica Pastoris.' In 1653 he attacked two pamphlets, one by Edward Fisher, and the other published anonymously by Alan Blane with the title 'Festorum Metropolis,' in which the puritan observance of the Sabbath was criticised, and the better observance of Christmas day insisted upon. Collinges names his reply 'Responsoria ad Erratica Piscatoris,' and has a dedication in heroic verse 'to my dear Saviour.' He denies that the date of Christ's birth can be fixed. In 1654 he attacked the 'Change of Church Discipline' of Theophilus Brabourne [q. v.] in a tract entitled ' Indoctus Doctor Edoctus. Brabourne replied in part ii. of his work, and Collinges rejoined with 'A New Lesson for the Edoctus Doctor,' in which he gives some particulars of his own life (pp. 8-10). In 1655 he published 'Responsoria Bipartita, again discussing church government, and considering the right of the church to suspend the ignorant and the scandalous from the Lord's Supper. In 1658 these controversies are concluded by the publication of 'Vindiciae Ministerii Evangelici revindicate,' against a book 'in the defence of gifted brethren's preaching,' which answered Collinges, and against a book called ' The Preacher sent.' In the preface to this work he enumerates and classifies his controversial tracts. After this Collinges dropped controversy; but his devotional and exegetical writings are even more voluminous. In 1650 appeared 'Five Lessons for a Christian to learn; ' in 1649, 1650, and 1652, parts i. ii. and iii. respectively of 'A Cordial for a Fainting Soule,' containing thirty-six sermons in its first two parts. In 1675 he produced 'The Weaver's Pocket Book, or Weaving spiritualised,' perhaps his most curious work, intended specially for the weavers of Norwich, in imitation of Flavel's 'Navigation and Husbandry spiritualised.' In 1676 he published 'The Intercourses of Divine Love between Christ and His Church,' an exposition of chapter ii. of Solomon's Song, which in 1683 was incorporated with a similar exposition of chapter i., and a metrical paraphrase. In 1678 there appeared 'Several Discourses concerning the actual Providence of God,' containing ninety-eight sermons. This volume, as well as that last mentioned, contains the author's portrait at the age of fifty-five. In 1680 appeared the 'Defensative Armour against four of Satan's most fiery Darts,' and in 1681 a tract on the 'Improveableness of Water Baptism.' In conclusion, two biographical works must be mentioned: 'Faith and Experience,' published in 1647, containing an account of Mary Simpson of St. Gregory's parish, Norwich, and 'Par Nobile,' begun in 1665 on the death of his patron, Lady Frances Hobart, but hindered from publication by the plague and destroyed in 1666 by the fire. It was rewritten and published in 1675, because of certain slanders of the papists, and contains accounts of the lives of Lady Frances Hobart and Lady Katharine Courten, daughters of the Earl of Bridgewater, which suggests the substance of two discourses. Besides all this work and numerous sermons, Collinges wrote the annotations in Poole's Bible on the last six chapters of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentation, the four Evangelists, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians 1 and 2 Timothy, Philemon, and Revelation He was appointed one of the commissioners at the Savoy Conference, and was extremely anxious for an accommodation. He died in January 1690.
[Brit. Mus. Cat.; Blomefield's Norfolk, iv. 149, 445; Wood's Athenae Oxon. (Bliss), iii. 428. Palmer's Nonconformist's Memorial, iii. 9, gives a list of his works, which are the only source for the facts of his life. Many of the books mentioned above are omitted, but one or two on presbyterianism and nonconformity not noticed above are inserted.]
                                                                                                                                                                                                               R. B.
Vindiciae Ministerii Evangelici : a Vindication of the great Ordinance of God, viz. a gospel-ministry; In which these ensuing Questions are shortly discust, ... - CollingesJohn, - 1651 - (1623-1690)
1. Whether under the Gospel there be such a function as the Ministry : viz., some particular persons appointed to preach the word, and administer the Sacraments. -- 
2. Whether no more be required for this function, to authorize men ordinarily, to preach, interpret, and apply Scriptures, than that they have gifts, and be desired to exercise them. -- 
3. Whether those that ordinarily preach, open and apply Scriptures, must be set apart by the Presbytery.
4. Whether the laying on of the hands of the Presbytery can be omitted in Scripturall Ordination without sin.
5. Whether Christians that make a conscience of bearing the Word of God, can without sin hear such preach, open, or apply Scriptures, that are not ordained, but meerly gifted men, &c.
In which,
The Affirmative part of the first and third questions, and the Negative part of the three others is maintained, and the judgements of former Divines in them held forth; And all the considerable Arguments on the contrary parts brought by Anabaptists, Socianians, Erastians, Separatists, &c. are answered, and what is already answered to them by Zanchy, Aretius, Chemnitine, Martyr, Calvin, Rutherford, Gillespy, Seaman, and others, is gathered up and presented, together with the Authors own opinion and answer, where he hath judged it needfull to adde any thing.

The First, Treating concerning the Notion of it, establshing the Doctrine of it, opening the principal ACTS of it, Preservation  and Government of created Beings.  With the particular ACTS, by which it so preserveth and governeth them.
The Second, Concerning the Specialties of it, the Unsearchable things of it, and several Observable things in its motions.
The Third, concerning the Δυσνοητα, or hard Chapters of it, in which an attempt is made, to solve several appearances of difficulty in the motions of Providence, and to vindicate the Justice, Wisdom, and Holiness of God, with the reasonableness of his dealing in such Motions.

  1. Matthew Poole's Annotations Upon the Holy Bible - 1700

The Four Evangelists


No comments:

Post a Comment