Religious Liberty Comes to Spain
1870 – William I Knapp from America baptized thirty-three people in the Mananares River in Madrid. He had entered Spain immediately after the Declaration of Religious Liberty in 1868. These believers formed the First Baptist Church of Madrid and is considered the first Baptist church of Spain in modern times. It was not until 1980 that a law was passed giving non-Catholics complete religious freedom in Spain. [J.H. Rushbrooke, The Baptist Movement in the Continent of Europe (London: Carey Press, 1923. p. 19; This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp 437, 38.] Prepared by Dr. Greg Dixon.