His reliance on a variety of non-biblical sources of authority--including church fathers, Protestant Reformers, and his non-Baptist contemporaries--counters the long-standing scholarly stereotype of early General Baptists
as strict Biblicists.
She was the clerk for the West Kentucky Association of General Baptists
The third section, which has some of the most innovative studies, looks at: cemeteries, funerals and burials-differences and similarities in Protestant customs; coffins and grave goods in late eighteenth, early-nineteenth-century Sheffield; a detailed study of two dissenting burial yards--one Baptist and one Roman Catholic--in London; a look at the General Baptists
of Priory Yard, Norwich; and the custom of Maidens' Garlands.
Holmes wrestles with the question of why General Baptists
(the group closest to Mennonites) succumbed to "Arian" views, denying the divinity of Christ, over the course of the eighteenth century.
He examines the sixteent-hand seventeenth-century backgrounds, and traces the divisions among Particular and General Baptists
, the impact of the evangelical revivals, the new divisions and theological polarization that occurred in the next two centuries, and the emergence of the Baptist faith as a truly global one.
compatible with the hotter sort of Protestantism" (211), to the comfort of some Independents and of General Baptists
Bell devotes several chapters each to how General Baptists
and Particular Baptists evaluated active revolution against the monarch and the state church as the best way to call for King Jesus.
Historically, Baptists were either General Baptists
(believing Christ's atonement was not only for the elect, but was general) or Particular Baptists (believing atonement to be individual).
While topics such as ecclesiology, sacraments, Christology, or soteriology have received some well-deserved notice, the eschatology expressed by seventeenth-century General Baptists
is typically overlooked.
Before 1640 only a handful of General Baptists
espoused toleration of Catholics and non-Christians.
Although not a comprehensive survey, the chapters present significant historical developments among Particular Baptists, General Baptists
, and New Connexion General Baptists
Known as General Baptists
, they believed that Christ's death on the cross was a general atonement, beneficial to all human beings who freely chose salvation through repentance and faith.