MYSTERY OF INIUITY Classics of Religious Liberty 1 MOBI

MYSTERY OF INIUITY Classics of Religious Liberty 1 Following the hapless Hampton Court Conference little groups of English Christians Separatists began to break away from the established church As early as 1606 one group led by John Smyth migrated to Holland Prominent among them was Thomas Helwys In 16111612 Helwys and others returned home where they founded at Spitalfield the first General Baptist congregation in England Helwys had with him a manuscript entitled A Short Declaration of the Mystery of Iniuity in which he proposed the notion of liberty of conscience freedom of religion This may have been the first such declaration in English Helwys published the manuscript in 1612 That publication probably cost him his freedom perhaps even his life By the beginning of the twentieth century only four known copies of the book survived Now thanks to the careful work of Richard Groves Helwys's The Mystery of Iniuity is available in a reader friendly edition Groves's introduction sets the document in context not only as an important and influential historical event but as shedding yet light on whence we have come Students historians Christians Protestants Baptists all for whom freedom of conscience is important will welcome this reissue in modern dress of a religious liberty classic

About the Author: Thomas Helwys

c 1575 – c 1616English theologian

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