The Anabaptist View Of The Church

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579788360
  • Publisher: The Baptist Standard Bearer
  • Publication date: 4/6/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to Revised Edition IX
Introduction a Working Definition of "Anabaptist" XIII
Inadequate Information on Anabaptism XIII
What does "Anabaptist" Mean? XV
A Working Hypothesis XVI
Chapter I The Quest for the Essence of Anabaptism 1
A. Radicalism in the Centers of Reform 2
In North Germany 3
In Switzerland 12
In South Germany and Strassburg 18
B. Revolution 27
The "Maccabean" Type of Radical 28
The Davidic Realm at Munster (1534-1535) 29
Persecution Intensified 32
C. An Unusual Case: The Tolerance of Philipp of Hesse 32
Refusal to Put Dissenters to Death 33
Attitude to Church Reform 34
Success of Philipp's Policy 35
D. Who Were "The Evangelical Taufer"? 36
A Convenantal People 37
The Problem of Classification 43
Chapter II The Fall of the Church 46
A. Religious Primitivism as a Pattern of Thought 48
Anabaptism: A Form of Christian Primitivism 46
Sources of Sixteenth-Century Primitivism 50
The Fall of the Church 55
B. Elements in the Idea of the Fall 57
Glorification of the Heroic Age 58
After the Golden Age, a Fall 61
C. Uses of the Idea of the Fall 62
Chronological Aspects 62
Cultural Aspects: The Marks of the Fallen Church 64
D. Analysis of the Idea of the Fall 72
Periodization of History 75
Eschatology 76
E. Origins of the Idea in the Left Wing 77
Chapter III The Restitution of the True Church 79
A. The Problem of Continuity
Where did the Restitution Begin? 80
A Different View of Tradition 82
B. What Are the Marks of the True Church? 82
Believer's Baptism 83
Spiritual Government 86
Community 95
The Lord's Supper 98
The Authority of Civil Government; Passive Obedience 101
Chapter IV The Great Commission 109
A. The Anabaptist Understanding of the Command 111
Central to Their Testimony 111
Relevant to the Life of the Common Man 113
B. The Opposition of the Reformers to Literal Obedience 114
Command exhausted in Apostolic Age 114
Maintaining an Intact Christendom 115
C. The Recapture of Early Christian Missionary Zeal 117
The Method 117
The Heroic Prototype 119
Economic Factors of Importance 123
D. Quiet Eschatology 127
Eschatology a Common Ground for Revolutionaries and Nonresistants 128
A Theology of Suffering 132
The Anabaptists and Natural Law 134
E. The Verdict of History 135
Chapter V The Changing Reputation of the Anabaptists 138
The Critical Problem 138
A. Former Treatments of Anabaptism and the Source Problem 143
Traditional Interpretations 143
Roman Catholic
In-Group Records and Writings 148
Friendly Out-Group Writing 152
B. Current Developments in Interpretation 154
Impact of Religious Sociologists 154
The Rediscovery of Primary Sources 156
The Disputations 159
C. In Conclusion 160
Notes 162
Selected Bibliography 215
Index 223
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