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Baptist History

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Preface
It is desirable that the members of our churches generally should be acquainted with the early history of the Denomination. Hitherto, however, that object could not be attained without the purchase of large and expensive works.
The author has endeavoured to supply this want, and to furnish, in one small volume, an abstract of Baptist records, that all our brethren
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Kindle Edition, 580 pages
Published February 6th 2013 (first published January 1st 1871)
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Jeff Short
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: church-history
Overall a good history. The last few chapters were a little more encyclopedic, with numerous short biographical sketches. Otherwise, it is an easily readable book. I appreciated the fact that Cramp was open about the scarcity of historical records and he wasn't quick to just assume what filled the gaps. Many today could learn a valuable lesson from his example here.

This isn't exactly a history of churches as much as it is a history of preachers and leaders. It was interesting to read about
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Victor Gamma
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cramp's book, originally published in 1856, examines the history of the Baptist Church through successive ages according to the terms then in use; 'primitive' times, the Transition Period, the Obscure Period, the Revival Period, the Reformation, the Troublous Period, the Quiet Period and the Present (nineteenth) Century). Cramp approaches the documents objectively, and especially with regard to the 'Obscure' Period, he allows the documents to lead him, identifying some groups as doctrinally ...more
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Frederick
This is an interesting book which without intending to shows that while being persecuted the Baptist faith was pure and strong spiritually but as soon as it was accepted and welcomed and had political power it became petty and politically minded. Its actually very uplifting until it hits about 1800 and then you get a kind of sick feeling.
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