from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a radical movement of the 16th-century Reformation that viewed baptism solely as an external witness to a believer's conscious profession of faith, rejected infant baptism, and believed in the separation of church from state, in the shunning of nonbelievers, and in simplicity of life.
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- n. A member of a radical wing of Christians during the Protestant Reformation (such as a Mennonite, an Amish person, a Hutterite).
- n. A member of any of several present-day churches.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A name sometimes applied to a member of any sect holding that rebaptism is necessary for those baptized in infancy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who believes in rebaptism; specifically, one of a class of Christians who hold baptism in infancy to be invalid, and require adults who have received it to be baptized on joining their communion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. adherent of Anabaptism
The term Anabaptist was given to these people by their opponents because they "rebaptized" those who came to them from the Catholic and Protestant churches.
He asked me the meaning of the word Anabaptist; I told him; whereupon he expressed great admiration for my understanding, and said that he hoped he should see me again.
Where Calvin is concerned we must not allow our admiration to be too easily awaked; we must note that he is speaking of an Anabaptist, that is, of a soul which has thrown off the "papism."
The pictures are of men that were both in the "Radical" category, both referred to as Anabaptist, but both of them were very, very different.
Largely through the activity of a certain Melchior Hofmann, a widely traveled furrier, "Anabaptist" doctrines were disseminated in northern
"Anabaptist" was a term applied to various movements that emerged in Europe in the
Sadly, as a result, many of these men choose to ignore the distinctions that clearly exist amongst Baptists on this topic, sometimes, to their shame, I believe, broad-brushing us all with the "Anabaptist" brush, hoping to impugn us with the specter of Munster!
[Footnote: Although Luther was particularly bitter against the "Anabaptist" exhorters, upon whom he fastened responsibility for the Peasants 'Revolt, and although many of them met death thereby, the "Anabaptists" were by no means exterminated.
"The opprobrious term 'Anabaptist' was and is a vile slander.
David M. Nieporent says: wolfefan: For me as an Anabaptist, a Mennonite woman working in such a job is not surprising, but disappointing.
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