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General Baptists are Baptists who hold the general or unlimited atonement view, the belief that Jesus Christ died for the entire world and not just for the chosen elect. General Baptists are theologically Arminian, which distinguishes them from Reformed Baptists (also known as "Particular Baptists" for their belief in particular redemption).
The first Baptists, led by John Smyth and Thomas Helwys in the late 16th and early 17th century, were General Baptists.Under Helwys' leadership, this group established the first Baptist church in England at Spitalfields outside London.
The term is also used as a designation for specific groups of Baptists.:35
- William H. Brackney, Historical Dictionary of the Baptists, Scarecrow Press, USA, 2009, p. 243
- Leonard, Bill J. (2005). Baptists in America. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231127028. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
- Garrett Jr., James Leo (2009). Baptist Theology: A Four-Century Study. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press. ISBN 9780881461299. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
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