I recently had an e-mail exchange with a Baptist, who claimed that “the only two churches that go back to Christ are the Catholic and the Baptist churches”, and that Baptists were hunted down and “killed by the millions”. Now, obviously “millions” is a ludicrous claim, but I was wondering if someone could shed light on Baptist history. I looked up Baptist and Anabaptist in the Catholic Encyclopedia, and from that source it would apear that they were yet another offshooot of Protestantism. That squared with what had been my understanding of their history, but of course he claims a secret underground church. He is more than a little off the wall (I got the whole “whore of Babylon” lecture delivered in all caps and many exclamation points) so rational discussion is not possible, however I am interested in knowing more of their history.