19 Facts About Baptists


Diverse from their beginning, those identifying as Baptists today differ widely from one another in what they believe, how they worship, their attitudes toward other Christians, and their understanding of what is important in Christian discipleship.

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Baptist practice spread to England, where the General Baptists considered Christ's atonement to extend to all people, while the Particular Baptists believed that it extended only to the elect.

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Baptists rejected the Separatist movement's doctrine of infant baptism .

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Baptists was convinced on the basis of his interpretation of Scripture that infants would not be damned should they die in infancy.

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Baptists died while waiting for membership, and some of his followers became Mennonites.

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Baptists rejected the name Anabaptist when they were called that by opponents in derision.

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Baptists founded the first General Baptist Church in Spitalfields, east London, England in 1612.

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Furthermore, the original group associated with Smyth and popularly believed to be the first Baptists broke with the Waterlander Mennonite Anabaptists after a brief period of association in the Netherlands.

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The Particular Baptists were established when a group of Calvinist Separatists adopted believers' Baptism.

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The Particular Baptists consisted of seven churches by 1644 and had created a confession of faith called the First London Confession of Faith.

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Baptists became the largest Christian community in many southern states, including among the enslaved Black population.

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One of the first Baptist communities was registered in Kyiv in 1907, and in 1908 the First All-Russian Convention of Baptists was held there, as Ukraine was still controlled by the Russian Empire.

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The All-Russian Union of Baptists was established in the town of Yekaterinoslav in Southern Ukraine.

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Baptist denominations are traditionally seen as belonging to two parties, General Baptists who uphold Arminian theology and Particular Baptists who uphold Reformed theology.

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Baptists generally believe in the literal Second Coming of Christ.

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Beliefs among Baptists regarding the "end times" include amillennialism, dispensationalism, and historic premillennialism, with views such as postmillennialism and preterism receiving some support.

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Baptists have faced many controversies in their 400-year history, controversies of the level of crises.

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Knibb supported the creation of "Free Villages" and sought funding from English Baptists to buy land for freedmen to cultivate; the Free Villages were envisioned as rural communities to be centred around a Baptist church where emancipated slaves could farm their own land.

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Baptists were active after emancipation in promoting the education of former slaves; for example, Jamaica's Calabar High School, named after the port of Calabar in Nigeria, was founded by Baptist missionaries.

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