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Denominations - Protestant

Short profiles of selected Christian denominations in the U.S.

Baptist Churches

Baptists originated from 17th century English Puritanism. The term "Baptist" came from their insistence that baptism should be reserved for those old enough to comprehend and confess a personal faith in Jesus. Modern Baptists are a group of Christian denominations and churches who subscribe to a theology of believer's baptism (as opposed to infant baptism), salvation through faith alone, Scripture alone as the rule of faith and practice, and the autonomy of the local church. Churches in the Baptist family include the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Baptist Convention of America, and the American Baptist Churches in the USA.

Approximately 15.3% of Americans identify as Baptists, making the second largest religious group in the U.S., following Roman Catholics. The top states with Baptist adherents are Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Baylor University: Baptist Studies for Research

Christian History Timeline: Baptists in America

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