The republication of John Robinson’s Works is both timely and significant. It is timely, because the year 2009 marks the four hundredth anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival in Leyden where their Pastor, John Robinson, would have his most influential impact upon them as a church.
The unique characteristic of the Pilgrims was their separatist stand. However, their legacy was also one of tolerance toward those that differed with them; attempting to focus on what could unite and a desire to be used by the God they loved to bring peace between those with whom they disagreed. For this purpose, Robinson seeks to unite the reformed churches in Europe by clarifying and defending the theology and practice of Christian Self-government.
Table of Contents:
A Just and Necessary Apology:
Prefatory Notice and Contents
Two Letters on Christian Fellowship, between Dr. Ames and Mr. Robinson
On Religious Communion, Private and Public
The People’s Plea for the Exercise of Prophecy
A Treatise on the Lawfulness of Hearing Ministers in the Church of England
A Letter to the Congregational Church in London
An Appeal in Truth’s Behalf
An Answer to a Censorious Epistle
A Catechism; being an Appendix to Rev. W. Perkins’s Foundation of the Christian Religion
Appendix 1 – The Church in Southwark, by Rev. John Waddington
The Exiles and their Church in Holland
The Church in Holland
Notice of Rev. Robert Browne
The Church at Amsterdam
Notice of Rev. H. Ainsworth
Notice of Rev. R. Clyfton
Letters between Churches of Leyden and Amsterdam
Mr. Robinson’s Letter on Church Power
The Principles and Regulations of the Churches at Amsterdam, Leyden, New Plymouth
John Robinson (1576–1625) was the pastor of the "Pilgrim Fathers" before they left on the Mayflower for the Americas. He became one of the early leaders of the English Separatists , or Brownists , and is regarded as one of the founders of the Congregational Church .