Goodwin, Benjamin, Dd

Goodwin, Benjamin, D.D.

an English Baptist minister was born at Bath, October 10, 1785, educated at the Blue School, began to learn Latin, Greek, and Hebrew while an apprentice, but went to sea, and was pressed into the navy. In 1802 he returned to Bath, was converted and joined the Church in 1803. In 1805 he became an itinerant evangelist, and in 1808 settled as pastor at Chipping- Sodbury. In 1811 he removed to Dartmouth, and in 1815 to Great Missenden, Bucks. In 1822 he was appointed classical professor at Horton, where he conlisted to labor with untiring vigor during many years. In 1828 he entered heartily into the controversy on popery, in 1830 delivered lectures against "colonial slavery," and in 1834 lectured on the atheistic controversy. In 1838 he became pastor of the Baptist Church at Oxford, and took a leading part in reconciling the differences which had arisen in the Serampore mission. In 1842 he took part in the jubilee at Kettering of the founding of the Baptist missions. In 1843 he exposed the evil tendency of Dr. Pusey's teaching on the eucharist. In 1846 he returned to Bradford; in 1850 was chairman of the London meeting of the Baptist Union; in 1853 enlarged and redelivered his lectures on atheism; in 1855 he removed to Rawdon; at the age of eighty joined in the Baptist Union meeting; in 1868 he wrote two elaborate essays on the Future State, and died February 20, 1871. See (Lond.) Baptist Hand-book, 1872.

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