Radicals and Reformers
A Survey of Global Anabaptist History
Published by: MennoMedia
Imprint: Herald Press
With Bibles and baptism, a movement was born.
From renegade gatherings of Christian believers in the 1500s to a global communion of more than 2.1 million members, the Anabaptist-Mennonite movement has been marked by faithfulness and failure, continuity and conflict, radicalism and reformation. In this engaging history, Radicals and Reformers traces the origins and development of the Anabaptist and Mennonite movements from their beginnings in Europe through their spread across the globe.
In this new authoritative introduction to Anabaptist history, historian Troy Osborne reflects on the ways that Anabaptists have defined their identity in new settings and in response to new theological, intellectual, geographic, and political contexts. Drawing from current scholarship and a range of written and visual sources, this book provides an overview of how Mennonites from Zurich to Zimbabwe have adapted to or resisted the world around them.
“Good and Right Order”: Late Medieval Christendom
Radicals and Reform in Swiss Lands
South German Mystics
Apocalypticism in the North
The Earth is the Lord’s: Seeking the Peace of the City
Renewal and Reform in the Seventeenth Century
Mennonites and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century
To the Ends of the Earth, Anabaptist Missions
A Cataclysmic Age, 1914–1945
A Transformational Era, 1945–present
Anabaptist Growth in Africa
Renewed Identities and New Realities in the West
Faith in Changing Times: Evangelism, Anabaptism, and Old Orders
Conclusion: The Ties That Bind a Global Movement