Anabaptists
(2,686 words)

1. Term

In the context of the Reformation movement groups appeared which regarded the baptism of children as null and void and therefore practised the baptism of responsible adults (first in Zürich in 1525; Sacrament 3.1). These were labelled pejoratively by their opponents as rebaptizers (Latin anabaptistae, catabaptistae; Anabaptists). The Latin term rebaptizare (“baptize again”; e.g Augustine, De h…

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Rothkegel, Martin, “Anabaptists”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 April 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028674>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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