History of Baptists – CHHI 665

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A survey of the background and rise of English Baptists, including their progress from the seventeenth century in England until the present day. Includes a survey of the rise of Baptists in America in the seventeenth century and their progress to the present. Includes various Baptist groups, large and small, of differing theological persuasions, denominational and independent. (Formerly CHHI 694)


CHHI 525 or CHHI 510


Baptist history is essential for anyone who believes in Religious Liberty. The entire dissenter and Free Church movements, of which Baptists are an integral part, is built upon the local church and soul autonomy, as well as the freedom of the local church from any external forces or compulsion. Furthermore, the history of Baptists is a history of the Believer's church, in that entrance into the local fellowship was predicated upon a confession of Christ as personal Savior. Finally, the history of Baptists is a vivid and moving narrative of the broad shoulders on which we stand. Death, fire, persecution, storm, edict, and regents could not stop the work of those who committed themselves to the core principles which serve as the foundation of this course. Very few movements have been as saturated in blood, toil, sweat, and tears.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze the origin(s) and development of the Baptists.
  2. Evaluate the distinctive beliefs and practices of the Baptists as they have been embodied in the past.
  3. Construct an account of the important persons and/or events which have contributed to Baptist work and progress.
  4. Value the influence and importance of Baptist history in the life of the student.
  5. Evaluate the different views and bodies which have arisen among Baptists in the past and present to determine their faithfulness to Baptist principles.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

There will be 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread is to be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words. (Outcomes: A, D, E)

Article Critiques (2)

There will be 2 Article Critiques throughout this course. The student will complete a 2–3-page article critique on the provided articles. Each assignment will offer a brief summary of the article and provide a critique of the article. (Outcomes: B, D)

Research Paper: Topic and Bibliography

The student is to research a Baptist figure (person), event (such as the Separatist Movement in England), or doctrine that is directly related to Baptist history. For this assignment, the student is to select the topic he/she is going to complete the research paper on and also provide 10 sources in a current Turabian-style bibliography. Additionally, the student must provide a working thesis and initial conclusions drawn from research. (Outcomes: A, C, E)

Research Paper

The student is to research a Baptist figure (person), event (such as the Separatist Movement in England), or doctrine that is directly related to Baptist history. The student will write a 12–15-page paper on the research with at least 10 sources. The paper must adhere to current Turabian formatting. (Outcomes: A, C, E)

Essay Tests (3)

The student will complete 3 essay tests for this course. Each Essay Test will be made up of 4 essay questions that must be answered with at least 300 words for each question. The student will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the test. Each test will be open-book/open-notes. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, E)