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Baptist Baptism Before 1641
Dr. Joseph Angus

      "There is a great fluttering among our brethren in the United States and Canada on the question whether there were any real baptisms (immersions on a profession of faith) in England between 1509, the year of the accession of Henry VIII and the year 1641. . . . That there was no such delay in forming Baptist churches as our American friends have supposed is proved by the dates of the formation of a number of them. Churches were formed, chapels built, and doctrines defined long before 1641, and others, down to the end of that century, owed nothing probably to the discussion of that year. . . .

      But there is another kind of evidence even more decisive showing that 'the immersion of believers' was the common faith and practice of our fathers. I refer to the books published by them and against them in the century to which 1641 belongs. I mention a few of the most important, giving the names in the briefest possible form. Most of them show clearly what the writers, or their opponents, the Baptists, were supposed to hold.


AErnstelodamus Dissertation, Contra Anabaptist . . . .  1535
AErnstelodamus, Baptimus Christianus . . . .  1539
Ampsing, J. A. Disputationes, Contra Anabaptist  . . . . 1619
Almsworth, H., A seasonable Discourse on Anabaptism . . . . 1623, 1644
Anabaptist, Proclamations against . . . . 1560
Articles of Visitation (Edward VI., and Elizabeth) . . . . 1559
Apocalypsis on Anabaptists . . . . 1640
Articles of Visitation, 1562, 1612
Barber, E. A., A Treatise on Dipping . . . . 1641
Dale, J., A Declartion that He is not a Dipper . . . . 1547
Baptismi de Erroribus . . . . 1592
Ballinger, agt. Anabaptists . . . . 1535-6
Ballinger, Three Dialogues . . . . 1551
Cassander, Geo., De. Bapt. Ifanm . . . . 1562, 1616
Catrou, Hist. des Anabaptists depuis 1521 . . . . 1699
Common Prayer, First Ed. Of . . . . 1549
Clyfford, Answer to Anabaptist Opinions . . . . 1608-10
Cole, Thos., Sermons against Anabaptism . . . . 1553
Coleford (Maidstone), Anabaptists Errors Refuted . . . .  1550
Day, J., Summe of Scripture on Baptism . . . . 1549
Edward VI. Articles to be Inquired into . . . . 1547
Edward VI. Common Prayer, 1st and 2nd edition . . . . 1549, 1552 
      (The above article was authored by Dr. Joseph Angus, and originally published in the London Freeman in 1896. It was republished by Samuel H. Ford in the "Christian Repository" in the January 1897 issue. Dr. Angus gives the names of at least 21 pamphlets which opposed the Baptists and their manner of immersion, all written before 1641. Dr. Angus was pastor of Spurgeon's Metropolitan Tabernacle {then New Park Street Church} from 1838-1840 and president of Regent's Park (Baptist) College from 1850 into the late 1800s.)

[From Homepage: The Landmark Southern Baptist, Ben Stratton, editor. Used with permission.]



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