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Posted November 11, 2009
In Richard Groves' edition of Thomas Helwys' classic and pivotal work, "A Short Declaration of the Mystery of Iniquity" any researcher or student of both history and theology will find a source well worth their time. Groves does a marvelous job of translating Helwys' work from a seventeenth century text to one easily read and understood by the modern reader without loosing any of the original content. In doing this Groves made available to the world the original work on separation of church and state and freedom of religion.
Groves' work is of further value to the student and researchers due to the extensive history Groves includes in the beginning of the book. Goves gives a brief history of the Baptist church up to the end of Helwys' life and includes one of the most detailed and well researched histories of Thomas Helwys' life yet to be printed.
This book is valuable to anyone who enjoys history or is interested in the formation and beliefs of the Baptist church. Beyond this this book will serve as a valuable resource for any student or researcher interested in the beginning of the Baptist church or in the origination of the idea of freedom of religion.