CHHI 665 History of Baptists

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)

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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.


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Discussions (4)

There will be 4 Discussions throughout this course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each Discussion. 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. (CLOs: A, D, E)

Article Critique Assignments (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. (CLOs: B, D)

Research Paper: Topic Assignment

The student is to research a Baptist figure (person) or event (such as the Separatist Movement in England), 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. (CLOs: A, C, E)

Research Paper: Final Submission Assignment

The student is to research a Baptist figure (person) or event (such as the Separatist Movement in England), 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. (CLOs: A, C, E)

Quizzes (3)

The student will complete 3 essay quizzes for this course. Each quiz 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 quiz. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E)


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