For Mennonites and other Anabaptists
, the Martyrs Mirror provided a constant reminder of the physical cost of adhering to particular Anabaptist
understandings of the Christian faith.
Young Center Books in Anabaptist
and Pietist Studies
In the background is the growing awareness of the new global reality in which North American Mennonites make up only a small minority of Anabaptists
The political protest of believer's/adult baptism: Anabaptists
soon developed a quite comprehensive and broad (although mosaic) theology of baptism.
Goshen College and an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church) is a 128 page compendium comprised of erudite commentary on the Christian vocation within an Anabaptist
historical context and in the present day.
Now, through Franklin Littell, I was discovering another Christian tradition--that of the Anabaptists
of the sixteenth century--that also sought to recover the purity of the ancient church.
(7) For many Anabaptists
, especially those more inclined to trust the authority of the Holy Spirit over the commands of the "dead" letter, both men and women wielded charismatic authority in their communities.
"We ask for forgiveness--from God and from our Mennonite sisters and brothers--for the harm that our fore bears in the 16th century committed to Anabaptists
," says a statement adopted unanimously by the Lutheran World Federation's council.
Dipple's analysis runs the spectrum of the Radical Reformation: from the Saxon radicals of Karlstadt and Thomas Muntzer, to the Anabaptists
of Switzerland, Moravia, and the Netherlands, and finally to the Spiritualists, especially Sebastian Franck.
Then speaking for Anabaptists
he said, "Probably, if we were to be fully honest, we would need to challenge more clearly the Catholic axiom that assumed the authority of the councils and therefore of the creeds.
Some references to works by Erasmus, Luther, and Hutten reach back a little further, and in the case of the Anabaptists
the discussion is expanded to include some works written later in the sixteenth century.
Each chapter begins with a Bible verse, the interpretation of which has shaped a significant Christian event: monasticism, the papacy, Bernard and the Song of Songs, Luther, Anabaptists
and the peace tradition, the African American experience, Pentecostalism, and women's ordination.
After providing a brief but effective overview of the early history of the Anabaptist
movement in Europe, Arthur focuses his attention on the events that led to the takeover in 1534 of the German city of Munster by the Anabaptists
as well as their eventual defeat in 1535.
Rejecting Richard Niebuhr's characterization of Anabaptists
as theoretically spurning culture, Friesen endeavors to provide an Anabaptist/Believers-Church theology of culture that constructively engages the broader world.