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Hercules Collins’ Funeral Sermon

Thoughts of a Pastor-Historian

hercules-collins-funeral-sermonHercules Collins died on October 4, 1702. He was interred five days later at Bunhill Field, the burial ground of dissenters. His funeral sermon was preached by John Piggott, a Seventh-Day Baptist who was renown for his funeral sermons. He preached a number of sermons around this time at the funeral services of prominent London Baptist pastors. The sermon was based on Matthew 24:44, “Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an Hour as you think not, the Son of Man cometh. 

The first part of the sermon focused on the biblical text. The latter part of the sermon summarized the life of Collins. This section of the sermon is excerpted below.


In such a posture of soul was he, whose death occasions this discourse.  I doubt not but he was actually as well as habitually ready; you know I mean your late worthy pastor Mr. Hercules Collins…

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An Orthodox Catechism Available Online

Junior Duran has posted a version of Hercules Collins’ An Orthodox Catechism which he has edited online.

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Welcome to HerculesCollins.com, the online home for the 17th century British Particular Baptist pastor Hercules Collins. The purpose of this website is to provide information about this relatively unknown man of God, his times, and his contemporaries.

Much of what will be posted here will be the product of research which I am doing for a Th.M. thesis on the topic of “A SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH PARTICULAR BAPTIST VIEW ON THE EDUCATION OF MINISTERS”. Obviously, the purpose of this thesis is to explore the views of seventeenth-century British Particular Baptists on the subject of the education of ministers. This purpose will be accomplished by a historical survey of the discussion in print during the seventeenth century beginning with Samuel How’s The Sufficiency of the Spirit’s Teaching Without Human Learning first published in 1640 and culminating with The Temple Repair’d written by Hercules Collins in 1702. The thesis will consist of two parts. In the first part, I will attempt to survey in approximately ten thousand words the historical background to the controversy on the subject of the education of ministers among the English dissenters of the seventeenth century, specifically among the Particular Baptists. The second part of the thesis will be a critical edition of the work which concludes the period under consideration for this project, The Temple Repair’d by Hercules Collins.

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