How Indigenous Was the Baptist Movement in the Russian Empire?

Albert WARDIN

Abstract


Russian Evangelical Christians-Baptists exhibit their indigenous character today. This is seen in their worship, whose tenor and pulsation significantly differ from the West. How indigenous are Russian Baptists? There is no easy answer. In origin or development they are simply not an implantation from another nation or culture. On the other hand, Protestant as well as Baptist impulses from abroad have influenced them. It should be recognized that German Baptists took advantage of the evangelical movement already developing in the Russian Empire. They were not initiators of the movement but facilitators in moving it to what they considered were more consistent biblical principles.

Keywords


Russian Baptists; Evangelical movement in the Russian Empire; Baptist History

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Copyright (c) 2012 Albert WARDIN

THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS: EURO-ASIAN JOURNAL OF THEOLOGY

ISSN 2521-179X (Online), ISSN 2415-783X (Print)