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    Originated in 17th century England as part of the Puritan movement against the Anglican Church
    May be related to 16th century Anabaptists
    Reject infant baptism and centralized church authority
    Doctrine is based solely on the bible
    Approximately 43 million members worldwide, 75% of whom are in the United States
    Major American denominations are the Southern Baptist Convention, the American Baptist Churches in the USA, the National Baptist Convention, USA Inc. and the National Baptist Convention of America
    They insist on full immersion during baptism.
    New members must be baptized even if they were baptized earlier.
    Over the years they have fragmented into dozens of sects.
    The conservative Southern Baptist Convention has had enormous influence on American politics since the 1980s.
    Many support legal discrimination against homosexuals.
    Some practice ritualized foot washing.
    Many believe that Jesus and the original Christians were Baptists.
    They are historically against drinking and dancing.
    They only accept individuals who have reached the age of reason as members.
    They believe unbaptized babies will still be saved.
    They maintain that followers are capable of understanding the Bible on their own.
    Traditionally they support the separation of church and state.
    Many sects ordain women.
    ‘Baptist’ originally may have been used as a slur against them.
    They have many overseas missions.
    They are the largest protestant denomination in the US.

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