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The Anabaptist Vision

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H. S. Bender defines the spirit and purposes of the original Anabaptists. Three major points of emphasis are: the transformation of the entire way of life of the individual to the teachings and example of Christ, voluntary church membership based upon conversion and commitment to holy living, and Christian love and nonresistance applied to all human relationships.
Paperback, 44 pages
Published January 1st 1960 by Herald Press (first published December 1st 1944)
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Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Bender describes the Anabaptist vision as having three aspects: (1) the call to discipleship, (2) the call to community, and (3) the call to non-violent love.

You can actually find the original lecture that this book is based on here:

As a Canadian Baptist, I read this book as part of the background research for my dissertation on James Wm. McClendon Jr., who expands this vision as a entire third mode of theology called the "baptist vision." McClendon argu
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a brief and accessible introduction to the history and theology of the Anabaptists. This book which, as I understand it, is basically the transcript of a lecture given by the author and originally published in 1943, fit the bill admirably. At the time of its writing the author stated that the definitive history of the Anabaptists was yet to be written. I have no idea if that work has been undertaken in the intervening 70 plus years but this book, at a mere 36 pages, remains a c ...more
Denise Kettering
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
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This essay is a classic in Anabaptist studies and provides a key perspective for understanding some of the initial aspects of the Zurich Anabaptist circle. The essay is easy to follow and provides a strong and persuasive argument for some of the key elements of early Anabaptism that defined it over and against the other prevailing religious attitudes of the day. This is a good introductory point for those interested in learning about Anabaptism.
Alan Stucky
Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book, originally a speech, single-handedly changed the way that the wider academic Christian community saw, understood and valued the Anabaptist role in the radical reformation. While it's one of the most important Anabaptist works of the 20th Ce. it's understanding of Anabaptist history has been challenged and greatly revised in light of current scholarship. For more on that see the article "From Monogenesis to Polygenesis" in the Mennonite Quarterly Review.
Benjamin Merritt
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Found the full text for this online after Scot McKnight recommended it as the most important 20th century intro to anabaptism. More of an essay than a book, Bender covers a brief history if the movement, and sketches three basic components of it's vision: discipleship, brotherhood, and nonviolence. Very informative!
Sep 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
5 stars for saying what he needs to say in 36 pages - minus a star for bias and writing style. A concise, informative review of anabaptism. A great introduction.
Jonny Gerig Meyer
Jul 01, 2007 rated it liked it
An important book in the modern historiography of Anabaptists/Mennonites.
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