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The Baptist movement emerged among English refugees (Refugees of conscience) who followed the Congregationalist constitutional model of the Puritan (Puritanism) Robert Browne (1550-1633) and had fled to Holland in 1607 on account of their “non-conformist” stance that diverged from the Church of England (Anglicanism). Here they met Mennonites (Anabaptists) under whose influence they introduced believers’ baptism. In 1609 the leader John Smyth baptized himself (which he later reg…

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Geldbach, Erich, “Baptists”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017322>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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