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The name Anabaptists, etymologically applicable, and sometimes applied to Christian denominations that practise re-baptism is, in general historical usage, restricted to those who, denying the validity of infant baptism, became prominent during the great reform movement of the sixteenth century.
Anabaptists in lower Germany and the Netherlands must largely be ascribed to the activity of Melchior Hofmann, a widely travelled furrier.
Anabaptist movement, of which John Matthys or Matthiessen, a former baker, and John Bockelsohn or Bockold, a Dutch tailor (more generally known as John of Leyden), became two great local representatives.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/01445b.htm   (1356 words)

 Anabaptist Church, Pacifism and disciples of Jesus Christ
They initially called themselves Brothers in Christ but later came to also accept the common name of Anabaptists, a term used by their opponents that meant to be baptized again; however, since they came to realize that their infant baptism was of no value, they did not consider that they were baptized again.
The first Anabaptist congregation was organized by Conrad Grebel, George Blaurock and Felix Manz in Zollikon, Switzerland in 1525.
The term Anabaptist was used negatively by their opponents and later adopted for their own name.
www.anabaptistchurch.org   (1558 words)

  Anabaptist Theology
Of course, the Anabaptists too were sure that this idea means, in the last analysis, "salvation" (from the powers of darkness), but salvation as taught by Luther was certainly not their primary concern.
The Anabaptist, however, is prepared to accept it, what was aptly called the "theology of martyrdom," meaning the expectation of the cross for the disciple -- "cross," not as a marital event, but as a sign of one's own stand, challenging the world which will always contradict the path of Christ and his disciples.
The Anabaptist church was once well-called the "fellowship of committed disciples," and the Lord's Supper among them is the external symbol of this fellowship (occasionally called the "fellowship at the Lord's Table").
www.anabaptistchurch.org /anabaptist_theology.htm   (2518 words)

  Anabaptist Encyclopedia @ InnerMan.com (Inner Man)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thomas Muentzer was one of the founders of the Anabaptist movement.
Anabaptists (rebaptizers) were made criminals under the code of Justinian (A.D. With anti-trinitarianism, it was one of two 'heresies' or schisms, punishable by death mainly because of its political implications.
Ritschl discerned in it the leaven of the Fraticelli or Franciscan Tertiaries.
innerman.com /encyclopedia/Anabaptist   (2873 words)

 Anabaptism in 16th Century Europe
He later imprisoned Anabaptists in the tower of Zurich, allowing men and women to die until the last, enduring the stench as their dead were not removed from among them.
Anabaptists reserved their strongest criticism for this practice, because they esteemed it to have repudiated the foundation of salvation by grace.
Anabaptists were viciously dealt with by the main three church denominations in league with government officials because they were viewed as subversives.
www.cob-net.org /anabaptism.htm   (3724 words)

 Encyclopedia article on Anabaptist [EncycloZine]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Anabaptists ("re-baptizers", from Greek ana and baptizo; in German: Wiedertäufer) are Christians of the so-called "radical wing" of the Protestant Reformation.
Anabaptists (rebaptizers) were made criminals under the code of Justinian (A.D. With anti-trinitarianism, it was one of two heresies punishable by death.
It was easier to burn Anabaptists than to refute their arguments, and contemporary writers were struck with the intrepidity and number of their martyrs.
encyclozine.com /Anabaptists   (3524 words)

 Messiah College: Sider Institute
The church, said the Anabaptists, should be a voluntary, visible gathering of believers who committed themselves to encourage and discipline one another—a far cry from seeing the church as comprised of everyone who resided in a given geographical area.
The Anabaptists argued that government officials should not have the authority to determine a citizen's church affiliation or a church's theology, and they therefore called for the separation of the church and the state.
The Anabaptists interpreted Jesus' command to love one's enemies (Matthew 5:43–45) as a real command, and they embraced his teaching that, because his kingdom was "not of this world," his disciples would not fight their enemies with the weapons of this world (John 18:36).
www.messiah.edu /siderinstitute/anabaptism.html   (616 words)

 Hall of Church History—The Anabaptists
he word Anabaptist means "re-baptizer." It is a label often assigned to all "Radical Reformers"—a diverse group that remained outside the mainstream of the Reformation—they were the lunatic fringe of the Reformation.
Freedom of Conscience—because of the Anabaptists' convictions about the role of the secular state, they believed that the ultimate remedy for heresy was excommunication.
Perhaps it is fair to note that the Anabaptists thought they detected a tendency toward antinomianism in the Reformed doctrine of justification by faith alone.
www.spurgeon.org /~phil/anabapt.htm   (899 words)

 Anabaptists: Anabaptist Mennonite History
The evangelical and non-revolutionary Anabaptists of Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands, were somewhat of a trial to the leading reformers because of their radical views on the nature of the church and of the Christian ethic.
These Anabaptists felt that Luther and Zwingli had stopped short of going all the way with the Scriptures in correcting the tradition of the church.
It was fine, said the Anabaptists, that required fasts, compulsory clerical celibacy, the mass, the papacy, the concept of meritorious good works, and other accretions of church history which violated Scriptural principles, had been rejected and abolished by the reformers.
www.anabaptists.org /history   (1392 words)

 Core Convictions | The Anabaptist Network
The Anabaptist tradition has been wary of creeds and fixed statements of faith, concerned at imposing interpretive grids on Scripture and of conveying the idea that there is no possibility of our understanding developing in fresh ways.
But Anabaptists have produced various Confessions, setting out not a comprehensive statement of beliefs but a summary of distinctive values, convictions and practices.
In the spirit of the Anabaptist tradition these are offered as provisional rather than final and we are committed to reviewing and revising them from time to time.
www.anabaptistnetwork.com /coreconvictions   (633 words)

 Anabaptist Summary
Anabaptist comes from the Greek word meaning "rebaptizer." It was never used by the Anabaptists, for whom baptism signified the external witness of an inner faith covenant of the believer with God through Jesus Christ.
Anabaptists (rebaptizers) were made criminals under the code of Justinian (A.D. With anti-trinitarianism, it was one of two 'heresies' or schisms, punishable by death mainly because of its political implications.
Ritschl discerned in it the leaven of the Fraticelli or Franciscan Tertiaries.
www.bookrags.com /Anabaptist   (5043 words)

 The Anabaptist Vision
Before defining the Anabaptist vision, it is essential to state clearly who is meant by the term "Anabaptist", since the name has come to be used in modern historiography to cover a wide variety of Reformation groups, sometimes thought of as the whole "left wing of the Reformation" (Roland Bainton).
That the Anabaptists not only proclaimed the ideal of full Christian discipleship but achieved, in the eyes of their contemporaries and even of their opponents, a measurably higher level of performance than the average, is fully witnessed by the sources.
Basic to the Anabaptist vision of the church was the insistence on the practice of true brotherhood and love among the members of the church.
www.mcusa-archives.org /library/anabaptistvision/anabaptistvision.html   (6247 words)

 Anabaptist at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The term was coined by critics, who objected to the practice of performing baptism for adults (whose baptism, as infants, the Anabaptists claimed was not valid).
The Anabaptists were accused of denying the Incarnation of Christ: they did, but not in the sense that he was not divine; they rather denied him to be human.
According to Anabaptist opponent F. Lee, "...all of the various stepchildren of the Anabaptists" include "justified Baptists; heretical Seventh-day Adventists; apostate 'Jehovah witnesses'; polytheistic Mormons; and atheistic Communists".
www.wiki.tatet.com /Anabaptist.html   (3485 words)

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As a second major element in the Anabaptist vision, a new concept of the church was created by the central principle of newness of life and applied Christianity.
Under the influence of contemporary culture, these intstitutions have abandoned the historical Anabaptist approach to scripture, and virtually nothing merits the designation 'heresy.' This lack of foundation is coupled with a curriculum, particularly in the seminaries, which is long on relational skills and short on Biblical exegesis and preaching.
The Bruderhof and Hutterites share the Anabaptist vision of a community of goods, pacifism, and separatism in a Church community to recreate the Kingdom of Christ in dynamic tension with the carnal kingdom of the world.
www.lycos.com /info/anabaptist--anabaptist-vision.html   (658 words)

 Anabaptist Icons
Although the Anabaptist tradition has never identified “saints,” several key 16th-century figures have inspired contemporary Mennonites, Hutterites, and Amish –; as well as others – to live lives of faithfulness, compassion, and service.
The Historical Committee of Mennonite Church USA is pleased to offer several limited edition sets of Anabaptist Images, a series of hand-painted icons developed by Graber Designs, a family-owned business specializing in international art from eastern Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Although 16th-century Anabaptists rejected icons as idolatrous, images of saints and martyrs have long adorned Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches, stimulating respect and memory and reminding viewers of lives of faithful service.
www.mcusa-archives.org /anabaptisticons/index.html   (572 words)

 Anabaptist - Voyager, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Anabaptists (rebaptizers) were made criminals under the code of Justinian (A.D. With anti-trinitarianism, it was one of two 'heresies' or schisms, punishable by death because of its political implications.
Historians and sociologists have made further distinctions between radical Anabaptists, who were prepared to use violence in their attempts to build a New Jerusalem, and their pacifist brethren, later broadly known as Mennonites.
This movement, sometimes referred to as ‘neo-anabaptism’, includes theologians and communities from wide diversity of Christian denominations which are not part of the Historic Peace Churches, yet who see in the witness of the 16th century radical reformers an authentic witness to early Christianity and to the life and teachings of Christ.
voyager.in /Anabaptist   (3907 words)

It was not only that the Anabaptists were confirmed in their hostility to the state and the established order -- they interpreted their sufferings in apocalyptic terms, as the last great onslaught of Satan and Antichrist against the Saints, as those 'messianic woes' which were to usher in the Millennium.
But the Anabaptists had their sympathizers on the Council; and the outcome of the rising was the official recognition of the principle of liberty of conscience.
The majority of the remaining population was Anabaptist; and messengers and manifestos were sent out urging the Anabaptists in nearby towns to come with their families to Munster.
watch.pair.com /anabaptist.html   (6053 words)

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From that work and meeting with the Mennonites in London, Graeme developed an interest in the early Anabaptist view of congregational hermeneutics and the ideas of community to be found in the Anabaptist tradition.
This backdrop is then used to examine some of the cultural, theological and sociological forces and factors that continue to shape and challenge Mennonite Brethren faith and life, theology, worship, ecclesiology and ethics.
Some are stirred by its emphasis on radical discipleship; others are challenged by its peace witness or approach to economics; and many ask how Anabaptist values can shape and renew the practices of their own churches.
www.lycos.com /info/anabaptist--church.html?page=2   (458 words)

 About Leaving Münster
However, it was from the ashes of Münster that the future anabaptist leader Menno Simons arose.
Simons had seen the horror of Christianity gone astray [his own brother was killed at Münster] and was determined that the fledgling anabaptist movement must forge a new path.
For Anabaptists, discipleship is the essence of what it means to be a Christian and this means we are committed to following Jesus in every area of our lives.
www.anabaptist.co.uk /about.php   (667 words)

 A Contemporary Anabaptist Theology
The relevance of this exploration of Anabaptist history and theology for life in the twenty-first century is profound, imaginative and challenging.
Thoroughly acquainted with the Anabaptist tradition as well as its contemporary exponents, Thomas Finger deftly draws together various strands of this particular story to deal with key issues facing all Christian traditions: the relation of faith and life, Jesus and community, normativity and postmodernity, piety and mission, church and world.
If you are from outside the Anabaptist world, you will find here lively access to Anabaptist history and contemporary Anabaptist discussion on a wide variety of theological issues, ranging from baptism, the Lord's Supper, the church's discipline of the believer and economic sharing, through the person and work of Jesus, to eschatology.
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 Bibliography of 16th Century Anabaptist Materials
"The Beginnings of the Anabaptist Reformation, Reminiscences of George Blaurock: An Excerpt from the Hutterite Chronicle (1525)." In Spiritual and Anabaptist Writers: Documents Illustrative of the Radical Reformation, edited by George H. Williams, 41-46.
Disputation between Calvinists and Anabaptists of the Emden congregation (principally Flemish refugees).
"A Proclamation for the banishment of Anabaptists that refuse to by reconciled." London, 1560.
www.goshen.edu /mqr/enganbib.html   (4857 words)

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