Members of Old Dissent: an introduction

In the 18th and 19th centuries 'Old Dissent' was a term used to describe those congregations who had roots in the 16th and 17th centuries. The following summaries below offers a brief introduction, as a prerequisite to further posts which will incorporate the family/gender dispositions of each group. Congregationalists The eldest members of English 'Old... Continue Reading →

What was Strict Communion? (Baptist History)

Up until the mid-19th century Baptist circles, communion was largely only practiced by church members. The prerequisite for church membership, besides publicly sharing their testimony to the satisfaction of incumbent members, was to be baptized by immersion. Therefore, while they were in many ways close to their Congregationalist brothers and sisters, they differed on one... Continue Reading →

Expulsion in the 19th century Baptist Church

Discipline was part and parcel of the 19th century Baptist experience. Misbehaviour which was judged incongruent with the church's understanding of Christian life would be grounds for expulsion from the church membership - even if only on a temporary basis. What did expulsion entail in the 19th century? Read onwards to find out! John Gill,... Continue Reading →

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