Anabaptists and the Sword

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Aug 8, 2002 - Religion - 412 pages
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Anabaptists and the Sword (1972; revised edn. 1976) is the first book to challenge the consensus, dating from the seventeenth century, that sixteenth-century Anabaptists were nonresistants, or Christian pacifists. While recognizing the importance of the nonresistance tradition among Anabaptists, the book gives equal attention to more militant elements in Anabaptism. It is also pioneering in giving attention to Anabaptist practice as well as Anabaptist teaching on this subject.
 

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Contents

General Introduction
1
Introduction t
27
Moderate Apoliticism
33
From Erasmian Pacifism
49
Sword Unsheathed for Apocalyptic Crusade
73
Introduction
93
The Schleitheim Confession
117
Introduction
135
Introduction
205
The Ambiguous Heritage of Melchior Hoffman
211
The Apocalyptic Crusade of the Melchiorites
227
Terrorism and Moderate Apoliticism
283
Melchiorite Apoliticism to Separatist Nonresistance
309
Conclusions
329
Appendix
339
Ulrich Zwingli 47
346

The Stiibler Tradition and the Marpeck Circle
167
Miintzers Children
189

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James M. Stayer is emeritus professor at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. He is a historian of sixteenth-century Anabaptism. Besides Anabaptists and the Sword (1972; revised edn. 1976), he is author of The German Peasants' War and Anabaptist Community of Goods (1991) and Martin Luther: German Saviour, Evangelical Theological Factions and the Interpretation of Luther, 1917-1933 (2000).

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