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The first English Baptist congregation (practicing adult baptism by total immersion) was founded by John Smyth in Holland in 1608. The movement, like other Dissenting sects, grew in strength during the Interregnum (1649-60). After that time theological differences provoked a split between Particular and General Baptists that was not reconciled until 1891.

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Last modified 26 July 2019