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Re: Beginnings of Protestantism and Presbyterianism
I enjoyed your summary of the Beginnings of Protestantism and
Presbyterianism very much, and thought you did an excellent job of making
the historical events concise.
I would like to mention, however, that there is not a Baptist "faith."
Baptists are Christians, and Christian is a faith. During the Protestant
reformation, many denominations were formed, but they were all Christians.
By in large, the differences were in their forms of government, and perhaps
the degree of formal education required for their ministers. Presbyterian
and Episcopal clery had more formal education, requirements in the study of
Greek and Hebrew, than some of the circuit riders that began to roam the
countryside. Different denominations had different degrees of formality;
the Episcopalians were more formal, perhaps than Presbyterians, who, at that
time, wanted to have a more austere church, with no semblence of the Roman
Church in regards to statues, robes, anything that was "decorative." Just as
the Cromwellians burned and destroyed Roman Catholic churches, so that these
images were destroyed, Calvinists (John Knox) made sure that their churches
would have no trappings.
At any rate, the point is, that regardless of the form of worship that
these new Protestants took, their faith was the same. They were Christians.
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