Are Baptists Protestants? I pondered this question as I attended the recent assembly of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe in the beautiful city of Florence in Italy.
The European Baptist Federation is not a full member of CPCE because of our position on baptism. We have an Agreement of Mutual Co-operation that is working well and enabling the EBF to participate in a “Protestant voice” on European issues
But in any case I am not sure that Baptists should sit too comfortably with classic “magisterial” Protestantism. It was these churches that allied themselves with political rulers and imposed conformity on the nation states of Europe, brutally suppressing groups like the Anabaptists who are in some way our spiritual fore-parents.
That of course is now past history, and it was good that three years ago the Lutheran World Federation issued a Statement of Regret to the Mennonites about the treatment of Anabaptists in the early years of the Reformation.
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