Not The Final CHHII 665 Essay

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A Research Paper on the “The Contribution of Baptists in the Struggle for Religious Freedom”

Submitted to Dr. Jason J. Graffagnino, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of

CHHI 665 – B04

History of Baptists


Elizabeth Linz Barthelemy
March 6, 2015


Introduction 1

The Baptist Origin 2-3

The First Baptists Believers in America 3-4

Significant Names of Baptist Leaders 4-5

The American Baptist Contribution to “Religious Liberty” 6-7

Rhode Island 7-8

Plymouth 9

Pennsylvania 10

The Baptist’s Struggle for “Religious Liberty” 10-12

Conclusion 12

Bibliography 13


“Religious Liberty” is a
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By the middle of the 1700’s, a significant organization took place. From New England to Georgia, different groups of Baptists began to form churches. They had only one doctrinal requirement that united them, i.e., the believer’s baptism by full immersion in water; also, Baptists then had different theological doctrinal beliefs. Notwithstanding, in the 1700’s, Baptist leaders sought to unify and homogenize the Baptist theology; they founded colleges and formed associations. However, the cause of “religious liberty,” was also a unanimous and significant characteristic that united the majority of Baptists. Their participation within their communities distinguished from other denominations. The Baptists were not contending for tolerance but for absolute “religious liberty.” Theirs demand was not for their right only but for the right of all dissenters and non-conformists as well. Some historians affirm that religious liberty in America was accomplished due to the diligence of the American Baptist, which now is proven to be the greatest contribution to American science and statecraft.”11
Significant Names of Baptist Leaders

New England marks the beginnings of the Baptist struggle for “religious liberty.” Baptist names such as: Roger William, John Clark, and William Screven were significant figures that advanced the cause and displayed the trials and struggle of “religious liberty.” Roger William, (who was a

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