|Primitive Baptist Churches|
|Classification||Neither Catholic nor Protestant - Claims lineage to early Apostolic churches|
|Theology||Doctrines of Election and Predestination|
|Region||USA, mainly in the Southern States|
|Origin||As Named: 1800s|
Primitive Baptists, also known as Hard Shell Baptists, or Old School Baptists are conservative Baptists adhering to the doctrines of Election and Predestination who took the name Primitive Baptist amidst the controversy among Baptists in the early 1800s over the appropriateness of mission boards, Bible tract societies, and temperance societies. The adjective "Primitive" in the name has the sense of "original."
This controversy over whether churches or members should participate in mission boards, Bible tract societies, and temperance societies led to a schism amongst Baptists. Some churches took on the name "Primitive" because they believed that they adhered to the old paths of the original or primitive church going back to the churches first constituted by the Apostles, and they rejected the aforementioned innovations through articles like the Kehukee Association Declaration of 1827.
Most Primitive Baptists do not claim heritage with the Protestant Reformation but rather believe that the lineage of all Baptists can be found through groups like the Waldenses, Novatians, and other persecuted groups of the early Church.
African-American Primitive Baptist groups have been considered a unique category of Primitive Baptist with approximately 50,000 African Americans affiliated with African-American Primitive Baptist churches as of 2005. Approximately 64,000 people were affiliated (as of 1995) with Primitive Baptist churches in the various other emergences of Primitive Baptists.
Despite having emerged as a recognizable group in the early 19th century, Primitive Baptists trace their origins to the New Testament era, rather than to John Calvin or any other group whose genesis can be traced to the Protestant Reformation. In fact, they oppose elements of Calvin's theology, such as infant baptism, and avoid the term "Calvinist" even though they are often labeled as such.
They are also characterized by "intense conservatism". One branch, the Primitive Baptist Universalist church of central Appalachia, developed their own unique Trinitarian Universalist theology as an extension of the irresistible grace doctrine of Calvinist theology.[undue weight? ] They were encouraged in this direction by nineteenth-century itinerant Christian universalist preachers of similar theological bent to Hosea Ballou and John Murray.
A cappella singing
Primitive Baptists generally do not play musical instruments as part of their worship services. They believe that all church music should be a cappella because there is no New Testament command to play instruments, but only to sing. Further, they connect musical instruments in the Old Testament with "many forms and customs, many types and shadows, many priests with priestly robes, many sacrifices, festivals, tithings" which they see as having been abolished; "had they been needed in the church Christ would have brought them over." African-American Primitive Baptists may not share the general Primitive Baptist opposition to musical instruments, however.
Family integrated worship
Primitive Baptists reject the idea of Sunday School, viewing it as unscriptural and interfering with the right of parents to give religious instruction to their children. Instead, children are expected to attend at least part of the church service.
Informal training of preachers
Primitive Baptists perform foot washing as a symbol of humility and service among the membership. The sexes are separated during the ritual where one person washes the feet of another. The practice is credited with increasing equality, as opposed to hierarchy, within Primitive Baptist churches.
- List of Primitive Baptist churches
- Primitive Baptist Universalism
- Progressive Primitive Baptists
- Reformed Baptists
- Strict Baptists
- Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists
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|Wikisource has the text of a 1920 Encyclopedia Americana article about Primitive Baptists.|