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HISTORY of Christian Theology

(A.D. 1525) Derived from a Greek word meaning “rebaptizers,” due to adherents’ insistence that infant baptism was not valid and that one must make a informed voluntary commitment as part of a baptismal covenant in order for the baptism to be effective. The movement began as a branch of Reformed Protestantism in Switzerland and grew primarily in German speaking areas. They viewed themselves as a Holy Community apart from the world which contributed to their classification as the radical or left wing arm of reformation. This minority was heavily persecuted by Catholics, Lutherans and Calvinists. Mennonites, Amish, and Hutterites were important Anabaptists groups. Anabaptist should not be confused with Baptist who emerged a hundred years later in England.

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