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Orthodox radicals : Baptist identity in the English revolution / Matthew C. Bingham.

Author/creator Bingham, Matthew C., 1983- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2019]
Descriptionpages cm
Series Oxford studies in historical theology.
Oxford studies in historical theology.
Contents The Jessey Circle and the invention of Baptist identity -- Baptists along the Congregational way -- "Between us and the compleat Anabaptists": Reframing sacramentology in light of ecclesiology -- "Opposite to the honour of God" no longer: Rehabilitating "Anabaptism" in Cromwellian England -- "Years of freedome, by God's blessing restored": Baptistic self-identity during the Interregnum -- Conclusion.
Summary In the seventeenth century, English Baptists existed on the fringe of the nation's collective religious life. Today, Baptists have developed into one of the world's largest Protestant denominations. Despite this impressive transformation, those first English Baptists remain chronically misunderstood. In Orthodox Radicals, Matthew C. Bingham clarifies and analyzes the origins and identity of Baptists during the English Revolution, arguing that mid-seventeenthcentury Baptists did not, in fact, understand themselves to be a part of a larger, all-encompassing Baptist movement. Contrary to both the explicit statements of many historians and the tacit suggestion embedded in the very use of "Baptist" as an overarching historical category, the early modern men and0women who rejected infant baptism would not have initially understood that single theological stance as being in itself constitutive of a new collective identity. Rather, the rejection of infant baptism was but one of a number of doctrinal revisions then taking place among English puritans eager to further their on-going project of godly reformation. 0Orthodox Radicals complicates our understanding of Baptist identity, setting the early English Baptists in the cultural, political, and theological context of the wider puritan milieu out of which they arose. The book also speaks to broader themes, including early modern debates on religious toleration, the mechanisms by which early modern actors established and defended their tenuous religious identities, and the perennial problem of anachronism in historical writing. Bingham also0challenges the often too-hasty manner in which scholars have drawn lines of theological demarcation between early modern religious bodies, and reconsiders one of this period's most dynamic and influential religious minorities from a fresh and perhaps controversial perspective.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Bingham, Matthew C., 1983- author. Orthodox radicals New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2019] 9780190912376
Genre/formChurch history.
LCCN 2018016553

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