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The Anabaptist view of the church; a study in the origins of sectarian Protestantism.

Author: Franklin H Littell
Publisher: Boston, Starr King Press [1958]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2d ed., rev. and enlView all editions and formats
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Littell, Franklin H. (Franklin Hamlin), 1917-2009.
Anabaptist view of the church.
Boston, Starr King Press [1958]
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Franklin H Littell
OCLC Number: 264620
Description: 229 pages 21 cm
Contents: Chapter I. The quest for the essence of Anabaptism --
A. Radicalism in the centers of reform --
In north Germany --
In Switzerland --
In south Germany and Strassburg --
B. Revolution --
The "Maccabean" type of radical --
The Davidic realm at Münster (1534-1535) --
C. An unusual case: the tolerance of Philipp of Hesse --
Refusal to put dissenters to death --
Attitude to church reform --
Success of Philipp's policy --
D. Who were "the evangelical Täufer"? --
A convenantal people --
The problem of classification --
The Fall of the church --
A. Religious primitivism as a pattern of thought --
Anabaptism: a form of Christian primitivism --
Sources of sixteenth century primitivism --
The fall of the church --
B. Elements in the idea of the fall --
Glorification of the heroic age --
After the Golden Age, a fall --
C. Uses of the idea of the fall --
Chronological aspects --
Cultural aspects: the marks of the fallen church --
D. Analysis of the idea of the fall --
Periodization of history --
Eschatology --
E. Origins of the idea in the left wing --
Chapter III: The restitution of the true church --
A. The problem of continuity --
Where did the restitution begin? --
A different view of tradition --
B. What are the marks of the true church? --
Believer's baptism --
Spiritual government --
Community --
The Lord's supper --
The authority of civil government; passive obedience --
The Great commission --
A. The Anabaptist understanding of the command --
Central to their testimony --
Relevant to the life of the common man --
B. The opposition of the Reformers to literal obedience --
Command exhausted in the apostolic age --
Maintaining an intact Christendom --
C. The recapture of early Christian missionary zeal --
The method --
The heroic prototype --
Economic factors of importance --
D. Quiet eschatology --
Eschatology a common ground for revolutionaries and non resistants --
A theology of suffering --
The Anabaptists and natural law --
E. The verdict of history --
Chapter V: The changing reputation of the Anabaptists --
The critical problem --
A. Former treatments of Anabaptism and the source problem --
Traditional interpretations --
Lutheran --
Reformed --
Roman Catholic --
In group records and writings --
Friendly out group writing --
B. Current developments in interpretation --
Impact of religious sociologists --
The rediscovery of primary sources --
The disputations --
C. In conclusion.
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