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Religious Liberty Committee Spotlight: Rev. Samuel Stillman on Religious Liberty

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Stillman

“. . . [A] magistrate . . . should be as a nursing father to the church of Christ, by protecting all the peaceable members of it from injury on account of religion; and by securing to them the uninterrupted enjoyment of equal religious liberty.  The authority by which he acts he derives alike from all the people; consequently he should exercise that authority equally for the benefit of all, without any respect to their different religious principles.  They have an undoubted right to demand it.

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Religious Liberty Committee Spotlight: The 1925 Baptist Faith and Message

The 1925 Baptist Faith and Message was an effort on the part of the Southern Baptist Convention to share a statement of faith with the world.  The 1833 New Hampshire Confession provided a framework for the new document. Southern Baptists added ten sections to the Confession, one being the final section on religious liberty, which has remained largely unchanged through revisions in 1963 and 2000.

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Religious Liberty Committee Spotlight: Religious Freedom in the Colony of Rhode Island

Naturally, the political and religious elite of those colonies frequently criticized Rhode Island’s policy of religious freedom and did so on the grounds that it caused its citizens to be immoral and lawless.  By 1739, one prominent resident of Rhode Island, John Callender, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Newport, had had enough of such criticisms and published a history of the colony in which he defended its religious freedom and denied the charges made against its citizens. 

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