Baxter’s disputation on whether it is lawful to use set forms of prayer

Scope and Content

A short disputation by Baxter on how the use set prayers is a form of negligence.


This paper shows that the debate about the use of set ‘formes’ extended back a long way from John Owen and the 1680s. Baxter writes that using a set form of words in prayer may arise when men ‘disable themselves by negligence, worldlyness, carnall affections, gracelessness, not watching their hearts, and walking close with God, whereby they might obtain a holy skill, and have fresh matter, affection and occasions for prayer’

Other Finding Aids

Argent / Black ii.61(a); Thomas p.8