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The Early English Baptists, 1603-49 [Hardcover]

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Pages   278
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.52" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.05"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Boydell Press
ISBN  1843831953  
EAN  9781843831952  

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This book challenges the orthodoxy that seventeenth-century Baptists were divided from the first into two separate denominations, 'Particular' and 'General', defined by their differing attitudes to predestination and the atonement, showing how the position was in fact much more complicated. It describes how from the foundation of the 'Generals' in 1609 there were always two tendencies, one clericalist and pacifist, influenced by the Dutch Mennonites, and one reflecting the English traditions of erastianism and local lay predominance in religion. It re-analyses the confessional struggle during and after the civil war, showing how Independent and erastian sentiment in Parliament increasingly combined to baulk Presbyterian ambition; during and partly because of this process (which they also influenced), the Baptists evolved into three recognisable tendencies. Amongst General Baptists there was a politically radical current, but also a more passive tendency which was starting to gain ground. In 1647-9 most but by no means all Particular Baptist leaders were hostile to the Levellers. The book looks at the nature of religious conviction in the New Model Army, reassessing the role and influence of Baptists in it. In the late 40s, many Baptists, soldiers and civilians, rejected formal ordinances altogether. STEPHEN WRIGHT received his Ph.D. from the University of London. He has been visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and the University of North London.

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A book worth your money and time!!!  Mar 8, 2008
A Baptist historian recently recommended that I read Stephen Wright's The Early English Baptist 1603-1649. So I did. The first surprise was the price. The book is expensive! So if you can, don't do as I did, go to your nearest theological library and borrow a copy..
The second surprise is that the book is well worth the price. Wright is a first class scholar of the origins of those often troubling and downright peculiar people called Baptists.
Using wills, notes, sermons, correspondence Wright weaves a thoughtful narrative of early Baptists. Warning! He is a tough read. You have to stay with his names and characters. But it is well worth the effort.
I would suuggest you also read Christopher Hill's Turning the World Upside Down.
Wright is not a late night read, unless you suffer from insomnia. Stay with Letterman or Leno before you slip off to bed. With a good night's rest , alert and ready to read, you will find Wright insightful and thoughtful.

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