Dutch Anabaptism: Origin, Spread, Life and Thought by Cornelius Krahn

By Cornelius Krahn

This e-book gains Anabaptism of the Low nations from its earliest traceable beginnings to the top of the 16th century. the most important a part of the booklet is dedicated to the hundred years previous the dying of Menno Simons in 1561, after whom the Anabaptists got the identify, Mennonites. A decade later the Netherlands won independence and the Anabaptists have been granted relative freedom. sooner than this Dutch Anabaptist refugee settlements and church buildings were validated alongside the North Sea and the Baltic Coast from Emden and Hamburg Altona as much as the mouth of the Vistula River. The roots of Dutch Anabaptism, just like these of the Dutch Reformed Church, are available within the local soil and have been nourished and inspired from close to and much. The rising hwnanistically motivated Sacramentarian stream of the Low international locations changed and spiritualized the which means of the remainder sacraments, baptism and the Lord's supper. Dutch mysticism, the Brethren of universal lifestyles, Erasmian hwnanism, the chambers of rhetoric, and the binds with Wittenberg (Luther, Karlstadt, Muntzer), Cologne (Westerburg), (B. Rothmann), Strassburg (Bucer, Capito), Zurich (Zwingli), Munster and Emden ended in the creation of Anabaptism within the Low Coun attempts by way of Melchior Hofmann, coming from Strassburg in 1530.

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33 The dividing line was drawn right through the ranks of the Christian humanists, the followers of the Devotio Moderna, and those practicing the Imitatio Christi. 4. The Role of Drama In its outreach the church has always used, for means of communication, the spoken and the printed word supported by works of art. Artistic representations were made use of particularly during the Middle Ages. During the Reformation the emphasis was placed on the spoken and printed word while works of art were widely discouraged because of the misuse of images and other media of the fine arts.

Kiihler stated fittingly that Luther, in the fullness of time, aroused the spiritual resources in the Low Countries, established the Bible as an authority, and furnished the heroic example for others. 82 It is regrettable that a similar study has not yet been made regarding the influence of other reformers during the first years of the Reformation. 83 Thomas Miintzer's writings were also read in the Low Countries. 84 A report about the Leipzig Disputation between Eck and Karlstadt was made available through Jan Seversz in Leiden.

47 Among the many printers who risked their lives in publishing or printing prohibited books were Jan Seversz of Leiden and Jacob van Liesveldt of Antwerp. The latter lost his life because he featured the devil in monk's habit. 48 Books were confiscated, burned publicly, and placed on the index of forbidden volumes. 49 Nevertheless, some found their way into the Low Countries, even into remote villages. Menno Simons was a priest in the little Frisian village of Pingjum when he started reading the Bible and writings by Luther and other reformers in 1526.

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