Base your answer to this question on the following account describing backcountry Baptists written in 1766 by the Anglican itinerant minister Charles Woodmason. He spent six years traveling in the Carolina backcountry trying to suppress the spread of evangelicalism to little or no avail. His outsider's account of Baptists' religious practices demonstrates how, at that time, they were regarded by traditional Christians as an odd sect on the fringe of American religious life.
REV. CHARLES WOODMASON, ANGLICAN
"But another vile matter that does and must give offense to all sober minds is what [Baptists] call their 'experiences.' It seems that before a person be dipped [i.e., baptized] he must give an account of his secret calls, conviction, conversion, repentance [and so on]. Some of these 'experiences' have been so ludicrous and ridiculous that Democritus in spite of himself must have burst with laughter. Others, altogether as blasphemous--such as their visions, dreams, revelations, and the like--are too many and too horrid to be mentioned. Nothing in the Koran, nothing that can be found in all the miracles of the Church of Rome and all the reveries of her Saints can be so absurd, or so 'enthusiastic,' as what has gravely been recited in that tabernacle yonder, to the scandal of religion and insult of common sense. And to heighten the farce, to see two or three fellows with fixed countenances and grave looks hearing all this nonsense for hours together, and making particular enquiries--when, how, where, in what manner, these miraculous events happened. To see, I say, a set of mongrels under pretext of religion, sit and hear for hours together a string of vile, cooked up, silly and senseless lies, [which] they know to be such. What they [find] sensible has not the least foundation in truth or reason, and to encourage persons in such gross inventions must grieve, must give great offense to every one that has the honor of Christianity at heart....
"If anything offensive beyond all this to grieve the hearts and minds of serious Christians presents itself to view among them, it is their mode of baptism, to which lascivious persons of both sexes resort as to a public bath. I know not whether it would not be less offensive to modesty for them to strip wholly into [the] buff at once, than to be dipped with those very thin linen drawers they are equipped in?which when wet so closely adheres to the limbs as exposes the nudities equally as if none at all. If this be not offensive and a grievous insult on all modesty and decency among civilized people I know not [what] can be termed so."
According to the passage, which of the following Baptist religious practices does Woodmason strongly disapprove?
| Baptists tell unbelievable, fantastic stories about their religious conversion experiences. |
|Baptists refuse to support missionaries.|
|All the answers are correct.|
| Absence of a church hierarchy; each Baptist congregation is independent. |
|Baptists wear immodest baptismal garments that reveal their naked bodies.|
|BOTH these answers are correct: "Baptists tell unbelievable, fantastic stories about their religious conversion experiences" AND "Baptists wear immodest baptismal garments that reveal their naked bodies."|
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