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Baptist

The Christian Protestant Baptist religion has an estimated 31,000,000 to 80,000,000 followers or Baptists. The Baptist Church was founded by John Smyth in Holland (the Netherlands) in 1609 (as a separatist from the Church of England) and by Roger Williams in Rhode Island in 1638.

Baptist is the Christian religion which emphasizes John 3:16, baptism and Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Baptism is done after one professes faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and with full immersion in water.

Baptist churches use a congregational governing system, which makes them independent from one another. For this reason, independent Baptist churches and organizations have a much stronger presence on the Internet, in terms of the number and quality of their web sites, than most other Protestant denominations and religions.

There are also notably numerous Baptist conventions that allow Baptists to get together. The largest Baptist convention is the "Southern Baptist Convention" in the United States.

There is a very strong Baptist presence in southern United States of America that is often referred to as "Southern Baptist". There are numerous fully-accredited Baptist universities in the South including Missouri Baptist University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Dallas Baptist University, Southwest Baptist University and others.



NOTE: Anabaptists (or Mennonites) are not the same as Baptists. Although they have the same belief in baptism, there are notable differences especially in regards to the Anabaptist communal way of living and pacifism.


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