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To: Brass Lamp
Baptists are part of a general "primitive church" movement which acknowledges the truth that the first-generation church, as constituted directly under Christ, was necessarily inerrant and that the fruit of the early church fell not far from that tree.

The Baptist Church was formed in 1609 by John Smyth, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

33 posted on 02/27/2011 3:37:22 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer
The Baptist Church was formed in 1609 by John Smyth, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Not in 33 A.D., eight Sundays after the Resurrection. The Church hung out in the catacombs for a few centuries (doubts? Go to San Calista in Rome sometime and see them) before an emperor was friendly enough to make the Church legal.

35 posted on 02/27/2011 3:56:40 PM PST by Desdemona (Join the Mass of Creation Cremation on the day after Thanksgiving - November 25, 2011)
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To: NYer
The Baptist Church was formed in 1609 by John Smyth, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Which in no way counters anything I wrote ("Baptists are part of a general "primitive church" movement..."). It does, however, verify that you attach identity to formal institution and not any actual system of belief.

36 posted on 02/27/2011 4:12:24 PM PST by Brass Lamp
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