Internet Explorer 7, 8, and 9 are no longer supported. Please use a newer browser.
Concourse works best with JavaScript enabled.
Liberty University logo

Online · School of Divinity · Theological Studies

History of Baptists

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/30/2020

Course Description

A survey of the background and rise of English Baptists, including their progress from the seventeenth century in England until the present day. Includes a survey of the rise of Baptists in America in the seventeenth century and their progress to the present. Includes various Baptist groups, large and small, of differing theological persuasions, denominational and independent. (Formerly CHHI 694)



CHHI 525 or CHHI 510


Baptist history is essential for anyone who believes in Religious Liberty. The entire dissenter and Free Church movements, of which Baptists are an integral part, is built upon the local church and soul autonomy, as well as the freedom of the local church from any external forces or compulsion. Furthermore, the history of Baptists is a history of the Believer's church, in that entrance into the local fellowship was predicated upon a confession of Christ as personal Savior. Finally, the history of Baptists is a vivid and moving narrative of the broad shoulders on which we stand. Death, fire, persecution, storm, edict, and regents could not stop the work of those who committed themselves to the core principles which serve as the foundation of this course. Very few movements have been as saturated in blood, toil, sweat, and tears.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze the origin(s) and development of the Baptists.
  2. Evaluate the distinctive beliefs and practices of the Baptists as they have been embodied in the past.
  3. Construct an account of the important persons and/or events which have contributed to Baptist work and progress.
  4. Value the influence and importance of Baptist history in the life of the student.
  5. Evaluate the different views and bodies which have arisen among Baptists in the past and present to determine their faithfulness to Baptist principles.

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

McBeth, Leon. The Baptist Heritage: Four Centuries of Baptist Witness. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1987.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.

Recommended Resource

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Current ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. School of Divinity Writing Guide:

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

There will be 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. Each thread is to be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words. (Outcomes: A, D, E)

Article Critiques (2)

There will be 2 Article Critiques throughout this course. The student will complete a 2–3-page article critique on the provided articles. Each assignment will offer a brief summary of the article and provide a critique of the article. (Outcomes: B, D)

Research Paper: Topic and Bibliography

The student is to research a Baptist figure (person), event (such as the Separatist Movement in England), or doctrine that is directly related to Baptist history. For this assignment, the student is to select the topic he/she is going to complete the research paper on and also provide 10 sources in a current Turabian-style bibliography. Additionally, the student must provide a working thesis and initial conclusions drawn from research. (Outcomes: A, C, E)

Research Paper

The student is to research a Baptist figure (person), event (such as the Separatist Movement in England), or doctrine that is directly related to Baptist history. The student will write a 12–15-page paper on the research with at least 10 sources. The paper must adhere to current Turabian formatting. (Outcomes: A, C, E)

Essay Tests (3)

The student will complete 3 essay tests for this course. Each Essay Test will be made up of 4 essay questions that must be answered with at least 300 words for each question. The student will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the test. Each test will be open-book/open-notes. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, E)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (4 at 50 pts ea)


Article Critiques (2 at 100 pts ea)


Research Paper: Topic and Bibliography


Research Paper


Essay Tests (3 at 100 pts ea)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


CHHI 665

Textbook: McBeth, The Baptist Heritage: Four Centuries of Baptist Witness (1987).


Reading & Study




McBeth: chs. 1–4

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





McBeth: chs. 5–8

1 presentation

Test 1 Study Guide

DB Forum 2

Essay Test 1




McBeth: chs. 9–10

1 presentation

1 website

Article Critique 1

Research Paper: Topic and Bibliography




McBeth: chs. 11–12

1 presentation

Test 2 Study Guide

DB Forum 3

Essay Test 2




McBeth: ch. 13

1 presentation

1 website

Article Critique 2



McBeth: chs. 14–15

1 presentation

DB Forum 4



McBeth: chs. 16–17

1 presentation

Research Paper



1 presentation

Test 3 Study Guide

Essay Test 3




DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.