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To: Cronos
do we say Baptists are Protestants or not?

Depends on the definition of "Protestant", alas, it too has been corrupted.

From a demographers' standpoint, Baptists are put in the Protestant pigeon-hole. Where "Protestant" is defined as 'protestari' in the "publicly declare" sense then only those Baptists who have a confession (eg 1689 London Confession of Faith) are Protestants. If the "protest" version of 'protestari' is the definition, then Baptists are not Protestants. If you listen to independent Baptists, they will tell you that they can trace their roots to John the Baptist. If you read the webpage and mission statement of many Big Box Baptist, one can safely say that they are neither Protestant nor Christian but "American Religion"

49 posted on 02/28/2011 6:29:33 AM PST by The Theophilus (Pray for Obama (Psalms 109:8))
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To: The Theophilus; Brass Lamp; Mr Rogers; NYer
If the "protest" version of 'protestari' is the definition, then Baptists are not Protestants. If you listen to independent Baptists, they will tell you that they can trace their roots to John the Baptist.

If you read the webpage and mission statement of many Big Box Baptist, one can safely say that they are neither Protestant nor Christian but "American Religion"

From a demographers' standpoint, Baptists are put in the Protestant pigeon-hole.

Where "Protestant" is defined as 'protestari' in the "publicly declare" sense then only those Baptists who have a confession (eg 1689 London Confession of Faith) are Protestants.

Thank you, tt

BL -- as you can see, for a non-Baptist it can be confusing,but that's true for any outside to a tradition. No disrespect was intended.

I, personally have said before "Protestants and Baptists" and been corrected by Baptists who insisted they were Protestants.

50 posted on 02/28/2011 6:39:07 AM PST by Cronos ("They object to tradition saying that they themselves are wiser than the apostles" - Ire.III.2.2)
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