Dr. Steve Weaver
It is often alleged that the seventeenth-century Puritans and Baptists were not missions minded. Some, who do not understand either the chronology or the meaning of the term, accuse the seventeenth-century Baptists of hyper-Calvinism. Hyper-Calvinism, which is a real error but not advocated by the 1689 Baptist Confession, did not develop among the Baptists until the early eighteenth century through the writings of John Skepp (d. 1721) and John Brine (1703-65). Some, more informed, argue that the emphasis on evangelism and missions is a post-Enlightenment development..