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« on: May 04, 2012, 06:54:55 PM »

The title is a bit hyperbolic, but it seems that the Baptist practice of total immersion was in part (there were other factors) due to the advocacy by a Greek in England. A certain Marke Luker, "a Greek who was known to advocate [total] immersion before 1640," was a member of a church led by Samuel Eaton, the first "Particular" (Calvinist) Baptist church, established 1833.  [H. Leon McBeth, The Baptist Heritage, 1987, p. 43]
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2012, 12:22:25 PM »

the first "Particular" (Calvinist) Baptist church, established 1833.  [H. Leon McBeth, The Baptist Heritage, 1987, p. 43]

McBeth got it wrong. It was 1633.
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2012, 09:56:16 PM »

the first "Particular" (Calvinist) Baptist church, established 1833.  [H. Leon McBeth, The Baptist Heritage, 1987, p. 43]

McBeth got it wrong. It was 1633.
He got it right. I quoted McBeth incorrectly.
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2012, 03:37:04 AM »

it seems that the Baptist practice of total immersion was in part (there were other factors) due to the advocacy by a Greek in England. ... established 1633.

Actually, the Particular Baptists were not the first. The first Baptist church in England was the General (i.e. Arminian) Baptist church in London established in 1612 by English refugees returning from Holland, where they had begun the church a year or so earlier under the leadership of one John Smyth.
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2012, 11:11:46 AM »

it seems that the Baptist practice of total immersion was in part (there were other factors) due to the advocacy by a Greek in England. ... established 1633.

Actually, the Particular Baptists were not the first. The first Baptist church in England was the General (i.e. Arminian) Baptist church in London established in 1612 by English refugees returning from Holland, where they had begun the church a year or so earlier under the leadership of one John Smyth.
True, but did the Smythians practice total immersion as a regular ritual? McBeth argues that it was the Particularists who really made immersion into a regular Baptist practice. The General Baptists did pouring, and some immersion now and then, until they imitated the Particularists in going for full immersion, so suggests McBeth.
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2012, 03:29:12 PM »

but did the Smythians practice total immersion as a regular ritual?... The General Baptists did pouring, and some immersion now and then,

I believe you are right, that they did indeed practise 'affusion' at first. I recall reading that recently when beginning some initial reading for a 400th anniversary we hope to put on at church later this year.
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