Dutch Anabaptism: Origin, Spread, Life and Thought by Cornelius Krahn

By Cornelius Krahn

This publication positive factors Anabaptism of the Low nations from its earliest traceable beginnings to the top of the 16th century. the foremost a part of the e-book is dedicated to the hundred years previous the loss of life of Menno Simons in 1561, after whom the Anabaptists obtained the identify, Mennonites. A decade later the Netherlands won independence and the Anabaptists have been granted relative freedom. ahead of this Dutch Anabaptist refugee settlements and church buildings were validated alongside the North Sea and the Baltic Coast from Emden and Hamburg Altona as much as the mouth of the Vistula River. The roots of Dutch Anabaptism, just like these of the Dutch Reformed Church, are available within the local soil and have been nourished and prompted from close to and much. The rising hwnanistically motivated Sacramentarian flow of the Low international locations converted and spiritualized the which means of the rest sacraments, baptism and the Lord's supper. Dutch mysticism, the Brethren of universal existence, Erasmian hwnanism, the chambers of rhetoric, and the binds with Wittenberg (Luther, Karlstadt, Muntzer), Cologne (Westerburg), (B. Rothmann), Strassburg (Bucer, Capito), Zurich (Zwingli), Munster and Emden resulted in the advent of Anabaptism within the Low Coun attempts by means of Melchior Hofmann, coming from Strassburg in 1530.

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And one must remember that opponents of reformation efforts would tend to blame Luther, Karlstadt, Zwingli, and Oecolampad or the Lutherans, Sacramentarians, and Anabaptists for the same causes and effects. 11 That Luther's influence in the Netherlands must still get the first place seems evident. " 78 This statement may have expressed more fear of what would happen than a description of the actual status at that time. 80 The wellknown bibliographer, M. E. Kronenberg, has convincingly demonstrated that as far as literary output is concerned, Luther's books must have been most popular in the Low Countries during the years from 1520 until 1541.

Soon there was also to come from this city the radical prophetic voice of Melchior Hofmann, a disappointed follower of Luther. He and Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt, another disillusioned co-worker of the Wittenberg reformer, were to meet in East Friesland to find a fertile soil for their seed. Of all the Hanseatic cities with which the cities of the Low Countries had economic, cultural, and spiritual ties, Emden was predestined to become one of the most important in the crucial years of the Reformation of the Low Countries.

Furthermore, their father and mother died when they were young. After having attended monastic schools, they were persuaded by their guardians to enter the monastery. When Erasmus finally received permission to leave the monastery and had an opportunity to develop his great talents in centers of culture like Louvain, Paris, and Basel, he came to his own. 3 The shadow of this experience remained with him throughout his entire life. He even tried to obscure the fact that he was the son of a priest.

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