Marpeck: A Life of Dissent and Conformity (Studies in by Walter Klaassen

By Walter Klaassen

Pilgram Marpeck used to be a super engineer and passionate theologian devoted to justice and nonviolence. whereas hundreds of thousands died in the course of the tumultuous years of the Reformation, Marpeck regularly stood as much as the ruling powers, calling for freedom of faith and separation of church and kingdom. Walter Klaassen and William Klassen, editors of The Writings of Pilgram Marpeck, have deeply mined Marpeck' s writing and discussion with different Reformation leaders putting his lifestyles, paintings, and theology within the context of his violent, altering occasions. This thorough biography indicates that Marpeck, maybe greater than the other early Anabaptist determine, helped lay the theoretical and useful foundations of the believers church. quantity forty four within the reports in Anabaptist and Mennonite historical past sequence.

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That didn’t stop traditionalist leaders from attempting to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. During his long reign from 1519 to 1555, Charles V and his brother Ferdinand never relented in their determination to restore all of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation to the one Catholic faith; by consent if possible, by force if necessary. Ferdinand especially was driven by a nostalgic vision of what he thought Constantine had achieved in the fourth century and believed it was possible to recover that vision of one faith for the entire empire.

Herald Press, 1973), 72-73. 39 40 Marpeck wagon, there tear his body twice with red hot tongs, and again when he is brought before the gate, five more times. ”2 The sentence was carried out beside the Neckar River, outside of the town of Rottenburg in the principality of Württemberg. It was a spring day in May, the stone buildings and tile roofs of the picturesque town reflected in the quiet water in contrast to the agony that was playing itself out nearby. 3 News of the Sattler executions reverberated throughout the empire.

Printed accounts flew across the country and caused widespread revulsion. ” Capito, another Reformer from Strasbourg, in a letter urged city councillors in Horb to defend their prisoners from the Austrian government. 4 At the opposite end of the spectrum, Archduke Ferdinand, in Innsbruck, doubtless felt grimly vindicated by Sattler’s harsh sentence, which he had himself counselled. In his mind, Sattler was one of the chief figures in a new and dangerous conspiracy against the holy church and empire.

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