I learned from a Baptist-Bride pastor, that baptist churches were the churches started by Jesus and his apostles, and the Catholic church were the deviants.. Therefore, baptists are not considered protestants, and they were never part of the reformation. They were there first.. well.. some very simple things lead me to believe that baptists were in fact touched by the reformation.. 1. the celebration of Christmas seemed to be introduced by Catholics 2. One man in a pulpit.. From reading the bible, it seemed like all the men in the bible could speak during the service if they had something to share, or something to sing. 3. Church service on sundays I am just interested if anyone could provide some good reliable links to baptist history or if anyone could provide the title of a good church history book.. I am totally interested in the early church and how all the splits happened, etc.. I count most of you guys as much smarter than I am concerning this.. I am not starting an argument.. Im just stating what I have noticed. I could be 100% wrong.