from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An adherent of a Protestant religious movement that began in 16th-century Europe, viewing baptism solely as an external sign of a believer's conscious acceptance of faith, rejecting infant baptism, advocating the separation of church from state, and practicing simple living and the shunning of nonbelievers.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A name sometimes applied to a member of any sect holding that rebaptism is necessary for those baptized in infancy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A member of a
radical wingof Christiansduring the Protestant Reformation(such as a Mennonite, an Amishperson, a Hutterite).
- noun A member of any of several
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- noun adherent of Anabaptism
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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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