Becoming Anabaptist: the origin and significance of by J. Denny Weaver

By J. Denny Weaver

Whilst changing into Anabaptist seemed in 1987, it used to be the 1st significant examine to include the recent historical past of a number of beginnings and a various Anabaptism right into a synthesis of meanings for the past due twentieth century. J. Denny Weaver?’s try out used to be welcomed and extensively acclaimed through students and through church leaders alike. during this moment version, Weaver presents a "masterful therapy of his liked Anabaptist imaginative and prescient, he writes in measured, scholarly, orderly model. With Denny Weaver as your consultant, i'm convinced that you'll locate it an outstanding pleasure to stroll throughout the event known as Anabaptism."?—William H. Willimon within the Foreword

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Anabaptism in Switzerland 25 The Cradle 25 The Beginning of Reform 31 Questions of Authority 34 Anabaptism 41 Schleitheim 48 3. South German and Moravian Anabaptism 52 Thomas Müntzer 53 Hans Hut 56 Hans Denck 59 Pilgram Marpeck 62 Nikolsburg 64 Hutterite Origins 67 Page 8 4. Anabaptism in the Low Countries 71 Sacramentarianism 71 Melchior Hoffman 73 Spread to the Low Countries 79 Münster 83 Aftermath 91 Menno Simons 96 Disputes 104 Consolidation 110 5. The Meaning of Anabaptism 113 Vision or Visions?

Several thousand surrendered their lives rather than their wills to the established churches. Page 19 On the basis of their most famous churchly practice, their opponents often identified them by the pejorative names of Anabaptist or Wiedertäufercategories already condemned in the law books of the time. Meaning "rebaptizer," these terms came to designate almost anyone not included in the Roman Catholic or Lutheran or Reformed (Calvinist) traditions. Since not all individuals so designated actually advocated or practiced rebaptism, and since it lumped together individuals who differed markedly on key issues, the nomenclature was not and is still not an entirely successful name for the movement.

Yoder, David A. Shank, Leonard Gross, J. R. Burkholder, and James Satterwhite read and critiqued the final section at one stage or another of its writing. Stanley Clemens, Jeff Gundy, and Wesley Richard read various parts of the manuscript from a stylistic standpoint. After all this expert assistance, no doubt can Page 16 exist that any remaining problems stem from not listening more carefully to their brotherly advice. I appreciate the support of Bluffton College in granting me a sabbatical leave, part of which I used in the preparation of this manuscript.

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