Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Lazarus Seaman

Calamy's third entry in his history is the minister of All Hallows, Bread Street,
LAZARUS SEAMAN, an English Presbyterian, Covenanter and Westminster divine who lived c 1607-1675. Leicester born adn educated in Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he advocated Presbyterian church government jus divinum and served as the scribe of the Provincial Assembly of London Ministers. Seaman said, concerning the Shorter Catechism, that the answers were framed not according to the knowledge that a child had but according to the knowledge that a child should have. He proposed that the Assembly provide "something annexed by way of caution to shew how the proofs are to be applied" but this proposal was declined by the Assembly.
He was ejected even though he had opposed the execution of Charles I. He kept the minutes of the Provincial Assembly in his personal library once it ceased to meet at Sion College just prior to the Restoration. He wrotes Notes on Revelation which were never published. After his death they were purchased by Joseph Hill when his entire library comprising 5,000 volumes was sold by William Cooper at the first modern book auction in England after his death, which took place in November 1676, and ultimately returned to the library of Sion College. His funeral sermon was preached byWilliam Jenkyn who said that he was "an ocean of Theology, and that he had so thoroughly digested the whole body of divinity, that he could upon all occasions discourse upon any point without labour. He was a living body of Divinity, and his tongue as the pen of a ready writer. He was a person of great stability and steadiness in the truth. I am confident that he valued one truth of Christ, above all the wealth of both the Indies."

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