Anabaptist Studies

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Non-Violent Discipleship: The Challenge of the Anabaptists

This is the title of a new undergraduate course that I am teaching at the University of Bristol this term. I have had some valuable input from Stuart Murray, Alan Kreider and Willard Swartley. Here are the contents of this ten week course:

Week 1

Introduction to 16th century Anabaptists and modern Anabaptist expressions including spirituality and worship

Week 2

The Context: An analysis of the political, socio-economic and religious contexts in which Anabaptism emerged and an investigation into why voluntary, believers’ baptism was considered a capital offence against the state

Week 3

Shalom: An exploration of Anabaptist understandings of peace and radical non-violence

Week 4

Community: Anabaptist ecclesiology and the significance of church discipline

Week 5

The Bible: Anabaptist biblical interpretation

Week 6

Economics: Anabaptist approaches to the community of goods

Week 7

The Sword and the Oath: Anabaptist perspectives on political engagement

Week 8

Eschatology: Lessons from Münster

Week 9

John Howard Yoder: An introduction to his writings

Week 10

Thomas N. Finger: An Anabaptist systematic theologian


  • Looks an interesting course. Are you using a text or a collection of readings? I am particularly interested in the Week 7 topic on Anabaptist perspectives on political engagement. I am doing some work on Pilgram Marpeck and the connection between his life and theology of social engagement.

    By Anonymous Doug Hynd, at 3:50 AM  

  • Hi Doug

    I am using C Arnold Snyder, Anabaptist History and Theology and Walter Klaassen, Anabaptism in Outline as the course text books but I am also providing other readings from source documents week by week. I shall certainly be using some Marpeck in Week 7. It would be good to talk more about your work.

    By Blogger Lloyd Pietersen, at 12:18 PM  

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