When you think of Baptists, you probably think of charismatic charismatic leaders who have the ability to bring millions of people into a faith and who often lead their followers in prayer.
But a new book that explores the history of Baptism has some Baptists wondering if that’s really the case.
The book is The Baptists: The Making of a Religion by historian Richard S. Johnson.
Johnson’s research, which is published this week in The Christian Science Monitor, offers a unique look at Baptists who are not just charismatic but also conservative and who were often seen as part of the conservative movement in America.
For example, when the late Baptist minister Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jr. founded his eponymous church in 1872, his first meeting of the group was held in an auditorium in New York City’s Union Square.
Today, a large Baptist congregation can be found at the state capitol building, but in the mid-1800s the largest denomination was the Presbyterian Church, the church that Emerson founded in Philadelphia.
Johnson said he wanted to document how Baptists shaped the American religion in the 1800s.
“The Baptists were really important to the political and social movements of the time,” Johnson told NBC News.
“It’s the Baptists that are the ones who brought the American republic to the stage where it was able to achieve some of its political and political success.”
Johnson spent the first two decades of his career studying the history and writings of Baptist leaders, including Emerson, Sr., who founded the church in Philadelphia in 1855.
He wrote the book to give more context to the book’s main topic: Baptism.
Johnson noted that the denomination began as a church of the dead and that the word baptism was never used in its early days.
But the term “baptism” has become associated with modern Baptists and its popularity has increased over the years, Johnson said.
“When I began my research I didn’t think it was the Baptist religion,” Johnson said, adding that Baptists began to use the word “blessed” as early as the 1850s, “because they wanted people to think of it as being in the name of God.”
Johnson said the first Baptist pastor to preach at a Baptist church was Baptist minister Rev. William H. Phelps of Washington, D.C. In 1852, Phelps preached a sermon titled, “The Word is a Divine Gift” at a New York Baptist meeting.
Phelps said in the sermon that people could be saved through the “Word” of God.
In a letter to his followers, Phelps said, “In the name, the Word, of God, the Church has the power to bless.”
After Phelps preached that sermon, Baptists around the country started using the word in their worship and in sermons.
Some of these pastors also began using the term in their sermons to refer to their own congregations.
After Phelps died, Baptist ministers began to introduce new words in their meetings to refer more to the divine gift of the word.
The denomination’s early history as a Christian church was not easy to document, said Johnson, because many Baptists did not know that the church was based on a biblical principle of salvation.
He said some Baptist churches were founded as “churches of the living dead,” which meant the church would never have the opportunity to baptize people.
Some Baptists still practice the practice today.
In the 1880s, a Baptist preacher in Washington, Washington, named Henry G. Jones used the word baptized to refer not to a person, but to a community.
Johnson wrote that in the 1930s, Baptism started to be more of a religious belief and some Baptisms became “churched,” meaning the church did not have a minister, a pastor or an altar boy.
Johnson added that Baptism is more a social institution than a religious one, so the term has evolved over time.
In fact, Johnson noted, many Baptisms today refer to the practice of the worship of a person as part and parcel of the congregation.
Johnson did note that the early church members were not necessarily conservative or politically active.
But some Baptismers did not identify with the political movement that led to the rise of conservative political movements like the Goldwater Party, Johnson added.
Johnson told The Associated Press that the book focuses on the early years of Baptisms in America, when Baptists largely followed the principles of the Protestant Reformation.
While the Baptism Movement is not officially recognized today, Johnson believes the movement was an important part of Baptist history.
He believes Baptists became “a religion” after the Great Awakening of 1789, when people realized they were not the only ones who could live a good life, Johnson wrote.
He also believes Baptism began to change in the 1830s and was part of a much broader social change that included the emancipation of slaves.
“Baptism was a religion that was more than a religion, it was a social movement,” Johnson wrote in The Baptist. Johnson