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Marpeck: A Life of Dissent and Conformity
During the 16th century's tumultuous years of religious reformation and revolution, Pilgram Marpeck consistently but discreetly stood up to the ruling powers, calling for freedom of religioin and separation of church and state. Walter Klaassen and William Klassen, editors of The Writings of Pilgram Marpeck, have deeply mined Marpeck's writing and dialogue with other Reform ...more
Hardcover, 423 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Herald Press (VA)
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As a Mennonite, its often easy to lose sight of the real lives of the early Anabaptists and Klassen does a good job of giving us a readable and detailed window in Pilgram Marpeck's life from a high paid engineer with ties to Royalty to a hard-pressed dissident intellectual on the run.
This book was good, but hard to read and I lost interest part of the way through. I did like the chapters about women and domestic life in 1500s Europe. The theology seemed to get more dry and scholarly, but it was interesting to learn more of a little known Anabaptist leader.