from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of an evangelical Protestant church of congregational polity, following the reformed tradition in worship, and believing in individual freedom, in the separation of church and state, and in baptism of voluntary, conscious believers.
- n. One that baptizes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Protestant denomination of Christianity, which believes in the baptism of believers, as opposed to the baptism of infants.
- n. An adherent of this denomination.
- adj. Of, relating to, or adhering to the Baptist religious denomination.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who administers baptism; -- specifically applied to John, the forerunner of Christ.
- n. One of a denomination of Christians who deny the validity of infant baptism and of sprinkling, and maintain that baptism should be administered to believers alone, and should be by immersion. See Anabaptist.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who administers baptism: the title (with a capital letter) of John, the forerunner of Christ.
- n. [capitalized] A member or an adherent of one of those Christian denominations which maintain that baptism can be administered only upon a personal profession of Christian faith.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. follower of Baptistic doctrines
The Rev.Dr. Bright, at present editor of the Baptist _Examiner_, was at that tune a bookseller of the firm of Bennett & Bright, and publisher of the _Baptist
The term Baptist has its origins with the anabaptists of the 16th century.
This waning reputation led some SBC congregations to drop the word "Baptist" from their church's name.
John the Baptist is the only saint singled out for inclusion in this liturgical manuscript.
There was a hand-shaped reliquary containing an arm-bone (of St. John the Baptist?), which pointed at the sky just like John the Baptist is always shown doing.
St. John the Baptist is the saint of adulthood, of maturity.
I can remember summer nights when we'd put down what we called a Baptist pallet and we listened to the grown-ups talk.
So what is more problematic for the SBC - the word "Baptist" or the word "Southern"?
The word "Baptist" isn't seen as a friendly one in many places, he said, and the new name makes it easier for the denomination to work overseas and in more secular parts of the
Wright wouldn't say whether new names have been proposed for the denomination of 16 million, but he has said the word "Baptist" would remain.
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