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Transcript of Baptist Origins
Are Baptists Protestants?
any Western Christian who is not an adherent of a Catholic, Anglican, or Eastern Church.
an adherent of any of those Christian bodies that separated from the Church of Rome during the Reformation, or of any group descended from them.
(originally) any of the German princes who protested against the decision of the Diet of Speyer in 1529, which had denounced the Reformation.
(lowercase) a person who protests.
Concerned with Concepts, Ideas, and Theology
Continuity in thought without historic succession
History of Baptist People
Emphasis on Ecclesiology
De-emphasis on Ecumenism
Little Recognition of Universal Church
Based upon Historical Verification
What is a Protestant?
Four Major Theories
Organized Baptist Churches through the Ages
Restoration of Church
Influence on English Baptists
Lack of Significant Evidence
Denial by English Baptists
January 21, 1525
Verifiable History of Baptist People
Lack of Preceding Baptist witness
Reliance on Historical Certainty
Baptists came from English Separatists
“To Baptists, indeed, of all people, the question of tracing their history to remote antiquity should appear nothing more than an interesting study. Our theory of the church as deduced from the Scriptures requires no outward and visible succession from the apostles. If every church of Christ were today to become apostate; it would be possible and right for any true believers to organize tomorrow another church on the apostolic model of faith and practice, and that church would have the only apostolic succession worth having—a succession of faith in the Lord Christ and obedience to him…Our reliance is on the New Testament, and not in antiquity…for the validity of our church organization, or ordinances, and our ministry.” (Short History, 7).