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Thomas Baldwin

The Baptism of Believers Only and the Particular Communion of the Baptist Churches

Edward Barber

To the Kings most Excellent Maiesty, and the Honourable Court of Parliament.

David Benedict

The Watery War

Abraham Booth

Vindication of the Baptists from the Charge of Bigotry in Reefusing Communion at the Lord's Table to Paedobaptists

James Petigru Boyce

Three Changes in Theological Institutions

John Albert Broadus

A Catechism of Bible Teaching

Paramount and Permanent Authority of the Bible

The Duty of Baptists to Teach Their Distinctive Views

James Newton Brown

The Baptismal Balance

John Bunyan

Differences in Judgment about Water Baptism No Bar to Communion

William Carey

An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians, to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens

Benajah Harvey Carroll

Baptists and Their Doctrines

Distinctive Baptist Principles

Irah Chase

Obligations of the Baptized

James Britton Buchanan Boone Cranfill

Life Sketch of B.H. Carroll

Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry

A Baptist Church: Radically Different From Pedobaptist Churches

Joseph Samuel Frey

Essays on Christian Baptism

Richard Furman

On the duty of churches to provide for instruction and improvement of persons called to the Ministry

John Gill

A Complete Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity

James Robinson Graves

Intercommunion: Inconsistent, Unscriptural, and Productive of Evil


R. B. C. Howell

The Deaconship: Its Nature, Qualifications, Relations, and Duties

The Terms of Communion at the Lord's Table

Joseph Ivimey

The Life of William Kiffin

Henry Jessey

The Lord's Loud Call to England

Benjamin Keach

Breach Repaired in God's Worship

Elias Keach

The Glory and Ornament of a True Gospel Constituted Church

John Leland

The Bible Baptists

Edward Young Mullins

The Axioms of Religion

A.H. Newman

The Reformation from a Baptist Point of View

Josiah Osborne

David and Goliath

Leighton Paige Patterson

Anatomy of a Reformation

James Madison Pendleton

Church Manual

Hezekiah Smith

The Doctrine of Believer's Baptism by Immersion Only

John Smith

The Character of the Beast

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The Giant of Volunteerism

John Taylor

Thoughts on Missions

Samuel Wilson

A Scriptural Manual


These Baptist History Sources have been prepared for general access by an editorial board of Baptist historians at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. These historic sources include Free Church writings from Anabaptist authors prior to the historic advent of the British Baptist movement in the Seventeenth Century, British Baptist writings from the Seventeenth Century through the Nineteenth Century, and American Baptist writings from the Seventeenth Century through the early Twentieth Century. Although the reader may (and should) not agree with every single source posted here, the sources are intended to remind Baptists of the long train of witnesses to the reclamation of biblical Christianity who have been called Baptist.

Many of these works are rare and unavailable in modern print. Thanks are due to editorial board members in making available either transcriptions or personal copies of these original documents, and to Roberts Library for making other rare Baptist History Sources available. Roberts Library is considered one of the outstanding theological libraries in the United States based on the strength of its collections, diversity of materials, accessibility of resources, and service concepts of its staff.