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General Baptist ‘primitivism,’ the Radical Reformation, and Matthew Caffyn: a response to Kegan A. Chandler

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General Baptist ‘primitivism,’ the Radical Reformation, and Matthew Caffyn : a response to Kegan A. Chandler. / Holmes, Stephen R.

In: Journal of European Baptist Studies, Vol. 21, No. 1, 20.05.2021, p. 123-139.

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Holmes, SR 2021, 'General Baptist ‘primitivism,’ the Radical Reformation, and Matthew Caffyn: a response to Kegan A. Chandler', Journal of European Baptist Studies, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 123-139. https://doi.org/10.25782/jebs.v21i1.701

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Holmes, S. R. (2021). General Baptist ‘primitivism,’ the Radical Reformation, and Matthew Caffyn: a response to Kegan A. Chandler. Journal of European Baptist Studies, 21(1), 123-139. https://doi.org/10.25782/jebs.v21i1.701

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Holmes SR. General Baptist ‘primitivism,’ the Radical Reformation, and Matthew Caffyn: a response to Kegan A. Chandler. Journal of European Baptist Studies. 2021 May 20;21(1):123-139. https://doi.org/10.25782/jebs.v21i1.701

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Holmes, Stephen R. / General Baptist ‘primitivism,’ the Radical Reformation, and Matthew Caffyn : a response to Kegan A. Chandler. In: Journal of European Baptist Studies. 2021 ; Vol. 21, No. 1. pp. 123-139.

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