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The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith

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Anabaptist Christians have been around for almost 500 years. But what does Anabaptism look like when not clothed in Mennonite or Amish traditions? Writing from Great Britain, Stuart Murray peels back the layers to reveal the core components of Anabaptism and what they mean for faith in his context and ours. It's a way of following Jesus that challenges, disturbs, and inspi ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published March 15th 2010 by Herald Press
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Clif Hostetler
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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This book is written from the view point of a neo-Anabaptist. That is a person who comes from a background of main-line Christianity, has witnessed the slow demise of the traditional world view of imperial Christendom, and has concluded that the heart of true Christianity can be found in the Anabaptist tradition. The neo-Anabaptist may appear to embrace their discovery of Anabaptism with an enthusiasm of a new convert which those of us who were raised within the Anabaptist tradition may find sur ...more
Michelle Kissinger
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Despite the unnecessarily provocative title, I enjoyed this very accessible introduction to Anabaptism. I grew up spiritually in a historic Anabaptist denomination (Church of the Brethren) so was familiar with much of the history presented. But framing Anabaptism within a Christendom vs. Post-Christendom framework was compelling.

This quote from sums things up well: "We need a form of Christian faith that is holistic, integral, and balanced, that speaks of God's grace to individuals and to societ
Scott Corwin
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
No wonder I like this book!

My "general" Baptist background kindles in me warm affections for my Anabaptist cousins. Add to that my Anabaptist studies under the tutelage of Wayne Pipkin in Zürich and my interest in the theology/ethics of James William McClendon, Jr. and my 'baptist convictions are fanned into flame. On top of it all, T.B. Maston's Christ-centered, discipleship ethics--the focus of my doctoral studies--fueled my passions for a "life and teachings of Jesus" focus. (BTW: Maston was
Adam Ross
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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A great book that strips away the frills from the Anabaptist movement, and would be an excellent book for anyone interested in the Anabaptist tradition or are simply looking for some fresh perspectives to bring into their own tradition.
Stephen London
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very helpful read if you are interested in learning from the Anabaptist approach to faith in Jesus, but not from a traditional Anabaptist background.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it
An interesting historical look at Anabaptist origins and how the life of the anabaptist is becoming more relevant in a post-christendom world.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Provides a great introduction to some of the core tenets of the tradition commonly held since the sixteenth century. Without trying to be the authoritative source for Anabaptist thought the author provides a great overview of the history, founding beliefs, and perspectives on why Anabaptist thought and practice is becoming increasingly popular in this post-Christendom age. I found myself constantly agreeing with the central topics as the author defined them (Following Jesus, Jesus-Centered Bible ...more
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it
First I have to say chapters one and two drove me a bit crazy with the "You might have encountered..." bits. This writing/editing needs some work.

Some thoughts from me about the tone of this book. It feels a bit like throwing the baby out with the bath water:
-discussion of multivoiced church vs. mono-voiced church...are we all prepared to discuss in a weekly meeting (i.e. researched, time taken to think out, contextualized, etc)? This would be awesome if we were, but in a post-Christendom societ
Zaak Robichaud
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Ever since I was able to distinguish what anabaptists were from baptists, I have been intrigued by their story and their theology. My interactions and knowledge of anabaptists and their later affiliates have been:

seeing Hutterites at the farmer's market and out and about
the movie Witness set in an Amish settlement
many friends who grew up as Mennonites, or at least have Mennonite parentage
Paraguayan/German Mennonites to whom my wife taught English
the incredible, forgiving response of the Amish co
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been seeing increasing mentions of Anabaptists recently. Like many American Christians, probably the only associative reference I have of Anabaptists are groups such as the Amish, Mennonites, and Quakers. This book was a good introduction on some of the history, the core values, and how these values are practiced in contemporary society.

The title The Naked Anabaptist comes from the purpose of the book: to strip away group and cultural accouterments that are associated with forms of Anabapti
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Stuart Murray Williams works as a trainer and consultant under the auspices of the Anabaptist Network. Based in Bristol, he travels widely in the UK and overseas and works with local churches, mission agencies, denominational leaders, conferences and individuals. He has worked with at least 25 denominations in recent years. His particular areas of expertise are in:
•Church planting
•Emerging church
More about Stuart Murray...
“As followers, we do not claim to have arrived at the destination, nor need we distinguish ourselves from others who are at different stages of the journey. Belonging, believing, and behaving can all be interpreted as aspects of following. Churches that are committed to following Jesus can then welcome fellow travelers unreservedly and unconditionally. But their ethos is one of following, learning, changing, growing, and moving forward.” 2 likes
“We believe that the Christendom era has bequeathed a form of Christianity that has marginalized, spiritualized, domesticated, and emasculated Jesus. The teaching of Jesus is watered down, privatized, and explained away. Jesus is worshipped as a remote kingly figure or a romanticized personal savior. In” 1 likes
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