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Reublin and Brötli: The Revolutionary Beginnings of Swiss Anabaptism

  • James M. Stayer
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Part of the Archives Internationales D’histoire Des Idees / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 87)

Abstract

In the foreword to his excellent collection of Ostschweiz Täuferakten Heinold Fast justified the extension of the terminal date of his volume to I560, as opposed to the I533 of the Von Muralt-Schmid Zürcher Täuferakten, with the remark that “the transition from the revolutionary movement to one of stubborn nonconformity and conventicle life should be made visible.”1 This paper is intended as an exploration of the meaning of the statement that Swiss Anabaptism was originally a “revolutionary movement.” For it is only through winning a clearer understanding of the revolutionary beginnings of Swiss Anabaptism that we can grasp the significance of the transition to the separatism and sectarianism of the Swiss Brethren. There is no doubt that Swiss Anabaptism was revolutionary in a religious sense and was a part of the larger religious revolution of the Reformation. This essay, however, expresses what I think is a growing doubt among historians of Anabaptism that either early Swiss Anabaptism or the Reformation were “purely religious” in the sense in which that expression would have been used in 1950.

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Radical Reform Terminal Date Revolutionary Movement Religious Sense Rural Subject 
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