Why “The Bluestocking Baptists”?

          After flirting with the idea to do a podcast together, Hannah decided to ask Facebook world for some ideas on names for a podcast hosted by two Reformed Baptists women. After a few humorous suggestions from our Presbyterian brothers and sisters, Amy Breece suggested Bluestocking Baptist.
In the 18th Century, there was a group of women, led by Elizabeth Vesey who wanted to move away from hosting gatherings where guests played card games to hosting co-ed gatherings where women with intellectual and literary interests could engage in deep conversations. Elizabeth Vesey invited Benjamin Stillingfleet, a botanist, translator and author, to one of her gatherings but he declined her invitation, confessing that he did not have the proper attire to attend a gathering with such high class guests. Elizabeth insisted that Stillingfleet come and assured him that his bluestockings would do. Bluestockings were the casual wear in that time period and were seen as informal. The nickname “Bluestocking society” stuck.
To quickly summarize, Hannah and I believe…

Scripture is our highest authority rather than tradition
One can be justified by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone, rather than good works. (Ephesians 2:1-7 & Galatians 2:15-16)
In the priesthood of all believers (Hebrews 7:23-28)
That Baptism is for believers only (Mark 16:16, Acts 8:36-37, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12, Acts 18:8, Matthew 3:16 & John 3:23)

For a more in-depth summary of what Hannah and I believe you can check out the beliefs outlined in the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. (Click here to check it out)
We decided that since we wanted to be a simple, informal podcast for the average woman interested in learning about Christian doctrine and practice, “The Bluestocking Baptists” was a perfect name.

-Esther Faulkner