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Jul 16, 2010


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"Maybe the 16th century Anabaptists simply were liberal Protestants several centuries ahead of their time."

As a pastor in an Anabaptist church (even though I am more Reformed than Anabaptist - long story) I can tell you that this is what my observations have led me to believe.

Those things that today's Anabaptists hold out as distinctive WERE distinctive during the Reformation, but most of those things are no longer distinctive... with the possible exception of pacifism.

I could say a lot more... but sermon prep awaits.

Allan R. Bevere


I read Craig's post early this morning and he hits on something I have been complaining about for a long time... that is the liberal appropriation of John Howard Yoder. Christian pacifism is not an instrument of foreign policy but a way of life for those who follow Jesus.


And of course the Anabaptists were slaughtered like vermin during the post-Reformation religious wars of Europe. With the blessing and encouragement of both the Protestant and "Catholic" ecclesiastical establishments.

Travis Greene

Is there a criticism in this article that can't be made about any Christian group? Who is it that does live up to their principles?

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