anabaptist?


#1

During the radical reformation when a religious group called the anabaptist branched away from the Catholic church and government, Does this group still exist? If so what is the aproximate population taken by the cenus?


#2

If the information I found is correct, the “Anabaptists” formed in 1521, and split in 1536 to form the Mennonites. Again, they reformed in 1609 and became simply known as Baptists, which as you are well aware of, are quite diverse.

The Mennonites still exist to this day, however, they split to form another group in 1690, the Amish.


#3

Anabaptists still exist, primarily in the US and Canada. The most well known anabaptist sects are the Mennonites and the Amish, but others exist like the Moravian Bretheren and the German Baptists.

The most important difference between the radical Anabaptists of the Reformation and the present day sects is that nowadays they are absolute pacifists.

Other anabaptist beliefs include adult baptism by choice, no swearing of oaths, and the most culturally familiar aspect to most Americans, leading a simple non-technological lifestyle (except the Mennonites).

–arthur


#4

OK so i was close! :thumbsup:


#5

The major Anabaptist group existing today is indeed the Mennonites (with the Amish as a split-off, although there are a lot of different Amish and Mennonite groups). The other Anabaptist group still existing is the Hutterites, but there aren’t many of them (they have a strict communal lifestyle). There are also a few Schwenckfelders, though they aren’t strictly speaking Anabaptists. Some later Pietist groups were influenced by Anabaptist ideas and today consider themselves in the same tradition–most of them have the word “Brethren” in their name (though not all churches with “Brethren” in their name are Anabaptist/Pietist).

Baptists are really something quite different. Their origins are in the radical wing of English Puritanism. There probably was some Anabaptist influence, but just how much is something historians debate.

Edwin


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