accepted regardless of whether one was a Calvinistic or Arminian Baptist.
That this point was not the case went unnoticed because of the confusing origins of Arminian Baptist work in southwestern Nova Scotia in the early nineteenth century.
Why were Calvinistic and Arminian Baptists willing to create a new denomination and leave behind the denominations they had worked so hard to build?
Beginning with New Testament Baptist origins, Porter highlighted early General British Baptists who were Arminian in theology, the common Free Baptist and Calvinistic Baptist participation in eighteenth-century revivals, the importance of Alline and the Free Will Baptists from New England who had been influenced by his theology, and a series of mergers among Nova Scotia's Arminian Baptists in the nineteenth century.
In general, the Calvinistic Baptists grew more rapidly during the seventeenth century than did the Arminian Baptists
, in part because Calvinism "was more widely acceptable to the majority of earnest Christians of the day than Arminianism.
True to its subtitle, the text introduces the reader to the history of Arminian Baptists
in England and America; to distinctive Free Will Baptist doctrines; to the church covenant adopted by the National Association of Free Will Baptists; to four of the most important General/Free Will Baptist confessions of faith; to the history, structure, and ministries of the National Association; to Free Will ministries on state and local levels; and to other American Arminian general bodies not affiliated with the National Association.