Bye-Paths in Baptist History
A Collection of Interesting, Instructive and Curious Information, Not Generally Known
Concerning the Baptist Denomination
by J. J. Goadby
originally published in London in 1871 by Elliot Stock
CHAPTER I. Early Traces of Baptists in Britain.
Inference from Tertullian and Mosheim
Austin and the Monks of Bangor
The Law of Ina
Lanfranc's Opposition to the English Waldenses
Gerard and his Companions
Wycliffe's opinion on Baptism
The Chesterton Separatists
CHAPTER II. Ancient Baptist Churches in England.
Hill Cliffe, near Warrington
Bocking and Braintree, Essex
CHAPTER III. Origin of the Baptist Denomination.
Smyth and the General Baptists
Spilsbury and the Particular Baptists
The Six-Principle Baptists
The Seventh-day Baptists
The Scotch Baptists
The New Connexion of General Baptists
CHAPTER IV. The Baptists and Liberty of Conscience.
Honourable Position of Baptists in the History of Religious Freedom
Religious Peace; or, a Plea for Liberty of Conscience. By Leonard Busher
Persecution for Religion judged and condemned
A Most Humble Supplication
The Necessity of Toleration in matters of Religion
CHAPTER V. Persecution of Baptists in England.
Baptists persecuted by every Dominant Party
Henry the Eighth (1509-1547)
Edward the Sixth (1547-1553)
James the First (1603-1625)
Charles the First (1625-1642)
The Civil War (1642-1649)
The Commonwealth (1649-1660)
Charles the Second (1660-1685)
James the Second (1685-1688)
CHAPTER VI. Baptist Confessions of Faith.
Confessions were Expositions, or Apologies
The London Confession ("Faith of the Seven Churches")
The Orthodox Creed
The Confession of the Assembly (of Particular Baptists)
The Somerset Confession
Articles of Religion (General Baptist, New Connexion)
CHAPTER VII. Public Disputations on Baptism.
Why they arose
Dr. Daniel Featley, in Southwark
Baxter and Tombes, at Bewdley
Tombes, with Vaughan and Cragge, at Abergavenny
Denne and Gunning, in London
The Portsmouth Debate
CHAPTER VIII. Local Associations and General Assemblies.
What led to the idea of Association
The Somerset Association
The Midland Association
General Baptist Assemblies
The Caffynite Controversy
The General Association
The First Particular Baptist General Assembly
The Second and Third Particular Baptist Assemblies
The Fourth Particular Baptist Assembly
The Fifth Particular Baptist Assembly
The London Association
CHAPTER IX. Officers of Baptist Churches.
Elders, or Ministers
Messengers, or Apostles
Deacons; Helps in Government
CHAPTER X. Church Discipline.
The Basis of it
Strictness of Discipline
The Treatment of Heretics
Marrying out of Society
Dr. Wall's Commendation
CHAPTER XI. Customs of the Early English Baptists.
The Imposition of Hands
Washing the Feet of the Saints
Anointing the Sick
Maintenance of the Poor
Burying the Dead
CHAPTER XII. About Singing.
Early Notices of Singing
Outwitting Persecutors by Singing Psalms
Grantham on "The Duty of Thanksgiving"
Mr. Keach introduces Singing at Horsleydown
Keach's Defence of Singing
"The Leader of the Opposition" Isaac Marlow
Marlow's Strictures on Allen's Essay
E. H.'s "Scripture Proof"
Dr. Russell on Allen's Essay
Claridge's Reply to Allen
General Baptists and Singing
CHAPTER XIII. Miscellaneous.
Quaint Items about Ministers and Deacons