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Independents, a term used in English church history to refer to the first congregation of English Protestants who withdrew from the Church of England to become independent. They were later called Congregationalists. They were also called Brownists for a time after Robert Browne, whose congregation in London in 1580 became the first independent congregation.

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1959

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Bender, Harold S. "Independents." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 13 Jun 2021.

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Bender, Harold S. (1959). Independents. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 13 June 2021, from


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1097. All rights reserved.

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