WHAT IS A
grew out of the religious ferment of the Reformation which swept across
Europe at the end of the
Middle Ages. Many variations in
thought and practice existed among the early Baptists, but all shared a
rejection of any authority on matters of faith and conduct apart from
Scriptures. Their desire to be faithful
to the literal teachings of the Word of God led them, among other
reject the traditional practice of infant baptism and any form of
hierarchy above that of the local congregation. Baptists
have historically been known for their evangelistic zeal and
their emphasis on religious liberty and toleration.
first Baptist congregations were formed in the Netherlands during the
of the 16th century chiefly among English Nonconformists who fled there
religious persecution. The first known
Baptist churches were established in England
in 1612 and in North America by 1638.
Baptists experienced significant
numbers resulting from the religious awakenings of the mid-18th and
centuries. Their missionary fervour has
resulted in the establishment of Baptist congregations in almost every
in the world.
Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's Progress,
was a well-known early Baptist minister as was the famous English
William Carey, often called 'the father of modern missions'.
Baptists number well over 100 million adherents worldwide making them
Protestant denomination in the world.
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