According to the scholarly and pastoral authors of this essay collection, sixteenth-century Anabaptists have much to teach Baptists and other Free Church evangelicals.
A study of the lives and theology of evangelical Anabaptists encourages a reader to dig deeper into the Bible, count the cost of discipleship to Jesus Christ, and commit oneself to engaging the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The theological commitment of Anabaptists like Balthasar Hubmaier to the supremacy of the Word of God encourages us to live by the motto that "the truth is unkillable." The example of Leonhard Schiemer, who understood that following Jesus meant taking up the cross of Jesus Christ, prepares one for the joyous difficulty of a life of discipleship. The loving attitude, missionary fervor, and desire for communal integrity of leaders like Hans Denck and Michael Sattler draws us into a stronger commitment to share the gospel from an authentically Christian heart and life.
Finally, such great contemporary leaders as Paige Patterson and Rick Warren have drawn upon the legacy of the evangelical Anabaptists to build great churches and seminaries. Their thoughts and stories are included here to encourage the recovery of the Anabaptist vision among Baptists and other free churches today.
These papers also serve as a Festschrift honoring the lifelong work of Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in the study of the Radical Reformation. Indeed, he has inspired the recovery of the Anabaptist vision as a means of restoring New Testament Christianity.
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About the Author
Malcolm B. Yarnell III is professor of Systematic Theology, director of the Oxford Study Program, and director of the Center for Theological Research at Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. His books include First Freedom: The Baptist Perspective on Religious Liberty, co-edited with Thomas White and Jason G. Duesing (B&H Academic).
Table of Contents
Editor's Foreword Malcolm B. Yarnell ix
Preface R. Albert Mohler xi
Introduction Richard D. Land 1
Part 1 Theology
1 What Contemporary Baptists Can Learn from the Anabaptists Paige Patterson 11
2 The Anabaptists and Theological Method: "For What They Were Concerned with Was Not Luther's, but Rather God's Word" Malcolm B. Yarnell 27
3 Suffering the Cross: The Life, Theology, and Significance of Leonhard Schiemer Michael D. Wilkinson 49
4 The Anabaptists and Religious Liberty Thomas White 65
5 The Anabaptists and the Great Commission: The Effect of the Radical Reformers on Church Planting Rick Warren 83
Part 2 Balthasar Hubmaier
6 Sufficientia Scripturae: Balthasar Hubmaier's Greatest Contribution to Believers Emir F. Caner 101
7 The Lighthouse of the Reformation: Nikolsburg and Hubmaier's Catechism Jason J. Graffagnino 115
8 Balthasar Hubmaier and Free Will Michael W. McDill 137
9 Balthasar Hubmaier's Integration of Discipline and Theology Simon V. Goncharenko 155
Part 3 History
10 Erasmus, the Reformers, and the Birth of Swiss Anabaptism Abraham Friesen 183
11 Saving Denck: A New Interpretation of the Evidence Ralf Schowalter 215
12 Italian Anabaptism: Was There Ever Such a Thing? Maël Leo David Soliman Disseau 235
13 Dr. Purgatory under Fire: A Summary of Gerhard Westerburg's Doctrine of Purgatory Russell S. Woodbridge 261
Afterword Jason G. Duesing 287
The Contributors 291
Name Index 295
Subject Index 301
Scripture Index 303