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1. Name and History

The name “Baptist” was originally a derogatory name used by opponents who wanted to call attention to the Baptists’ distinctive practice of believers’ baptism. Baptists themselves would have preferred to be known more as a congregational movement than as a baptismal movement.

The Baptists developed in England out of English Puritanism, or more strictly out of Congregationali…

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Schütz, Eduard and Gaustad, Edwin S., “Baptists”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_B69>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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