From: The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2007 pp. 718-719, Copyright © 2007 by World Almanac Education Group, Inc, A WRC Media Company 512 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10018.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 4-3781
International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) 0048-1382
ISBN-10: 0-88687-995-7; ISBN-13: 978-0-88687-995-2
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In radical reformation, objections to infant baptism, demands for church and state separation; John Smyth, English Separatist, in 1609; Roger Williams, 1638, Providence, RI.
Congregational; each local church is autonomous.
Scripture; some Baptist, particularly in the South, interpret the Bible literally.
[Baptism, usually early teen years and after, by total immersion;] Lord’s Supper.
Worship style varies from staid to evangelistic; extensive missionary activity.
Usually opposed to alcohol and tobacco; some tendency toward a perfectionist ethical standard.
[No creed; true church is of believers only, who are all equal.]
Believing no authority can stand between the believer and God, the Baptists are strong supporters of church and state separation.