English Baptists and the Struggle for Theological Authority, 1642-1646

Matthew C. Bingham

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This article explores interactions between Baptist lay theologians and ordained clergy during the first English civil war. Despite their marginalised position outside the national Church, Baptists employed a variety of innovative techniques to coerce ordained ministers into debates which the latter would have preferred to avoid. Though Baptists during the period did not achieve intellectual parity with the members of the Westminster Assembly and others whom they sought to influence, their efforts contributed to an ongoing transition within the early modern English Atlantic whereby religious culture was made more participatory and theological authority democratised.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)546-569
Number of pages24
JournalThe Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Issue number3
Early online date03 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


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