Early Swiss Anabaptism and the Sword

A Modest Reappraisal

Authors

  • Andrew Buchanan-Smith

Abstract

The development within early Swiss Anabaptism of committed and principled non-resistance, the particular form and understanding of pacifism that was articulated and formalised at Schleitheim in February 1527, which was a central distinctive for later Anabaptists, is reviewed. Reappraising some of the historical study of the last 50 years or so and building upon the post-1970 revisionist historiography of the beginnings of Swiss Anabaptism, it is argued that until the Schleitheim Confession this distinctive was essentially inchoate.

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Published

25-10-2021