The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement

The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement

Language: English

Pages: 368

ISBN: 1433673754

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The Baptist Story is a narrative history spanning over four centuries of a diverse group of people living among distinct cultures on separate continents while finding their identity in Christ and expressing their faith as Baptists. Baptist historians Anthony Chute, Nathan Finn, and Michael Haykin highlight the Baptist transition from a despised sect to a movement of global influence. Each chapter includes stories of people who made this history so fascinating. Although the emphasis is on the English-speaking world, The Baptist Story integrates stories of non-English-speaking Baptists, ethnic minorities, women, and minority theological traditions, all within the context of historic, orthodox Christianity.

This volume provides more than just the essential events and necessary names to convey the grand history. It also addresses questions that students of Baptist history frequently ask, includes prayers and hymns of those who experienced hope and heartbreak, and directs the reader’s attention to the mission of the church as a whole. Written with an irenic tone and illustrated with photographs in every chapter, The Baptist Story is ideally suited for graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as group study in the local church.

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historically been close-knit due to the role Scottish Baptists played in convincing German Baptist pioneer Johann Gerhard Oncken of Baptist views (see chap. 7). The Baptist Witness to Religious Liberty Baptists have one consistent record concerning liberty throughout all their long and eventful history. They have never been a party to oppression of conscience. They have forever been the unwavering champions of liberty, both religious and civil. Their contention now, is, and has been, and,

original sin, holding free will and falling away,” views that aligned more with Particular Baptist sentiments. He well illustrates the argument of Stephen Wright that the division between General and Particular Baptists in this early period of Baptist history is not as clear-cut as some later historians of the Baptist movement have imagined. By the late 1650s a third group of Baptists, the Seventh Day Baptists, had also emerged. Never a large group, they were Calvinistic in theology but

and of Christ under the tuition of their oppressors? . . . Let your ardent and frequent prayers be accompanied with prudent, peaceable, and steady efforts in order to procure the total abolition of that criminal traffic and of the cruel slavery consequent upon it. . . . As it is our design at this time to make a collection for promoting the general design of that worthy society, which has existed for some years in this metropolis, in order to effect the abolition of the slave trade, I would

successionism. Leon McBeth observed that “through this manual, generations of Southern Baptist pastors have absorbed Landmarkism without knowing it.” A. C. Dayton’s literary contribution to Landmark teaching was more subtle, coming in the form of a novel. Dayton was a Presbyterian who practiced dentistry before becoming a Baptist and accepting a pastorate. His interest in writing led him to contribute nearly a thousand articles to twenty different periodicals and propelled him to serve as

aspects of the Church’s liturgy that he believed were unscriptural. Appointed to give Sunday afternoon lectures in the town of Lincoln by its Puritan-leaning town council in 1600, he stayed in this position till 1602. Some sermons he gave during that time—later published as The Bright Morning Starre (1603) and A Paterne of True Prayer (1605)—show a man who was Puritan in theology but still considered himself to be a loyal member of the Church of England. By the autumn of 1607, Smyth became

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