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Baptist history: from the foundation of the Christian church to the close of the eighteenth century,

Author: J M Cramp
Publisher: Philadelphia, American Baptist Publication Society [1869]
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Cramp, J.M. (John Mockett), 1796-1881.
Baptist history.
Philadelphia, American Baptist Publication Society [1869]
(OCoLC)609155281
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J M Cramp
OCLC Number: 1967498
Description: 598 pages 20 cm
Contents: The primitive period --
I. Introductory remarks: paedobaptist concessions --
II. The apostolic fathers: Justin Martyr; Irenaeus --
III. Tertullian: baptism of children in Africa; origin; first appearance of infant baptism; the clinics; Christianity in England --
The transition period --
I. The catechumens: progress of infant baptism; delay of baptism; Gregory Nazianzen; Chrysostom; Basil; Ephrem of Edessa; The emperor Constantine; Immersion still in mode --
II. Christian intolerance: Justin's law; enjoining infant baptism; The novations; the Donatists; Pelagianism --
The obscure period --
I. The manichaens: cautions to the student; all opponents of infant baptism not Baptists; account of the Paulicians; their view of baptism --
II. Religious reform in Europe: The canons of Orleans; Arras; Berengarius: Miscellaneous anecdotes --
The revival period --
I. State of affairs in Europe during this period: the crusades; other important events; the scholastic divines and philosophers; universities; printing --
II. Paulicians in France and Italy: general view of the reform movement; various names given to the reformers; sentiments held by them; false charge of Manichaeism; their activity; Reinerus Saccho's account --
III. Success of the reforming parties; consternation at Rome; anathemas; the Dominican and Franciscan orders; sanguinary persecution; crusade against the Albigenses; the inquisition movement in England; John de Wycliffe; Lollards; Bohemia --
IV. Various opinions respecting baptism; Berengar; Peter of Bruys; Henry of Lausanne; Arnold of Brescia; Cologne; England; Lombers: Pope Lucius III --
V. Heretics of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries: Wycliffe's sentiments on baptism; the Bohemians; baptism among the Waldenses; Church government; Immersion --
The reformation period --
I. Rise of the reformation: opions held by the Baptists; misrepresented by the reformers; their wonderful increase; support under sufferings --
II. German Baptists: Thomas Munzer; the Peasant War; Michael Satler; Hans Schaffler; Salzburg; Wolfgang Brand-Huebert; the Burggraf of Alzey; Imperial edicts --
III. Persecuting tenets of the reformers: German diets; the congregation at Steinborn; Leonard Bernkop; the crown of straw; Johannes Bair; Hans Pichner; Hans Breal; Baptists in Italy --
IV. Baptists in Switzerland; Zuingli; concession of Bullinger and Meshovius; disputations; drowning; Felix Mantz; Balthazar Hubmeyer; Louis Hetzer; Emigration to Moravia; Jacob Hutter --
V. The Netherlands: Sicke Snyder; furious edict; The inquisition; severities of Philip II; torture; Lysken; Gerrit Hase-poot; Joris Wippe; private executions; horrid rackings VI. Biography of Menno Simmon: account of his publications; church government among the Baptists; missionary excursions --
VII. Baptists in England: proclamation of Henry VIII; Latimer's sermon before Edward VI; Baptist excepted from " acts of pardon"; royal commissions against them; Bishop Hooper's scruples; George Van Pare; protestant persecutions inexcusable; congregations in Essex and Kent; Boner; Gardiner; disputations in jail; Queen Elizabeth's proclamation against Baptists; Bishop Jewel; Archbishop Parker; Dutch Baptists --
VIII. Enormities perpetrated at Munster and other places; injustices of ascribing them to Baptist sentiments --
The troublous period --
I. Baptists persecuted by all other sects; Liberal policy of William, Prince of Orange; The "Union of Utrecht"; Differences of opinion; Persecution in Moravia and in Switzerland --
II. Dutch Baptists persecuted in England; Account of Hendrick Terwoort and Jan Pieters; Their martyrdom; Their religious sentiments; Whitgift's invectives against the Baptists --
III. Severity of Elizabeth's government; bigotry of James I; The Hampton Court Conference; emigration; John Smyth's church; their confessions; Bartholomew Legate; Extracts from Baptist publications on liberty of conscience; the king's distress at their increase --
IV. Character of Charles I; sufferings during his reign; first particular Baptist church; Samuel Howe; Dr. Featley's book; Baptist confessions of faith; toleration hated by the Presbyterians; their attempts to put down the Baptists; Milton's lines; the assembly of divines; outcry against immersion; parliamentary declaration in favor of the Baptists; fearful "ordinance" against them; their activity during the commonwealth and the protectorate; cromwell's Baptist officers; the "triers"; Baptists in Ireland --
V. Character of Charles II. and James II.; commencement of persecution; Venner's rebellion; disclaimer by Baptists; severe sufferings; John James; act of uniformity; the Aylesbury Baptists; Benjamin Keach Pilloried; Conventicle act; Five mile act; their effects VI. History of the Broadmead church, Bristol --
VII. Declaration of indulgence; confession of faith; fierce persecution; Thomas Delaune; the duke of Monmoth's rebellion; account of the Hewlings; Mrs. Gaunt; the dark time; another declaration of indulgence; William Kiffin; the glorious revolution --
VIII. Principles and practices of the denomination; human tradition renounced; freedom of conscience demanded; personal piety requisite to church fellowship; purity of discipline; cases cited; mode of public worship; plurality of elders; communion; singing; laying on of hands; the Sabbath --
IX. Biographical notices; John Smyth, Thomas Helwys, and John Spilsbury; Henry Derne; Francis Cornwell, A.M; Christopher Blackwood; Major General Harrison; Col. Hutchinson; X. Biographical notices continued; Henry Jessey, A.M; John Canne; Vavasor Powell; Abraham Cheare --
XI. Biographical notices continued; John Toombes, B.D; Francis Bampfield, A.M; Henry d'Anvers; Edward Terrill; Dr. Du Veil; John Bunyan --
XIII. Biographical notices continued; Thomas Grantham; Hanserd Knollys; Benjamin Keach; William Kiffin; Ancedotes --
XIII. Baptists in North America; church at Providence; Baptists in Massachusetts; persecuting enactment against them; the whipping of Obadiah Holmes; first church at Holmes; first church at Boston; Newport; Swansea; other churches; Roger Williams; Gregory Dexter; Obadiah Holmes; John Miles; Elias Keach --
The Quiet Period --
I. General character of the period; Baptist General Assembly in London; questions; particular Baptist fund; Baptist board; the deputies; the widows' fund; the book society; Bristol College; Dr. John Ward; Toleration act; Schism bill; Dissenters excluded from office; restrictions; relief; decline of the general Baptists; Communion controversy; effects of high Calvinism on the particular Baptists; commencement of revival; fuller and Sutcliffe; state of the denomination in England; foreign and home missions --
II. Biographical notices; Dr. John Gale; John Skepp; John Brine; Dr. Gill; John Macgowan; Robert Robinson; Robert Hall, Sen.; John Ryland; The Stennetts; Benjamin Beddome; Samuel Pearce; John Piggott; The Wallins; Dr. Andrew Gifford; Mordecai abbot, esq.; Thomas and John Hollis; Miss Steele; Mrs. Seward --
III. Progress of the denomination in North America; sufferings in New England; Mrs. Elizabeth Backus; Mrs. Kimball; Whitefield's preaching; the "new lights"; first churches in different states; Philadelphia association; other associations; correspondence with London ministers; great revivals; Brown University; Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Canada --
IV. Biographical notices; Shubael Stearns; Daniel Marshall; Samuel Harris; John Gano; Lewis Lunsford; John Waller; Isaac Backus, A.M; Morgan Edwards; David Thomas; Ebenezer Kinnersley; Oliver Hart; Drs. Mercer, Smith, Manning, Foster, and Stillman --
Statistics and reflection --
I. Effects of the mission enterprise; revivals; extension of the denomination; statistical table; societies; diversity and adaptation of talent; Baptist agency now employed; peculiarities of the present period; duties of Baptists.
Responsibility: by J.M. Cramp.

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