A note concerning the text, editions, and authorship of the 1660 Standard Confession of the General Baptists
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The, hitherto anonymous, Confession prepared by a General Baptist assembly in London in 1660 became the ‘Standard Confession’ of the denomination following its adoption at the General Assembly of 1663; re-issued by Thomas Grantham in 1678, and re-affirmed repeatedly by the General Assembly through the 1690s, it is unquestionably the most significant symbolic document of the English General Baptists. I argue on the basis of textual evidence that the standard editorial history is wrong: there were two editions in 1660, but no new edition in 1663. I further argue that there is good reason to assume that the authors of the Confession were Matthew Caffyn, Joseph Wright, and John Parsons, senior.
Holmes , S R 2016 , ' A note concerning the text, editions, and authorship of the 1660 Standard Confession of the General Baptists ' Baptist Quarterly , vol. 47 , no. 1 , pp. 2-7 . DOI: 10.1080/0005576X.2015.1127064
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