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The Melchoirites and Münster

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This chapter shows the emergence of a most unusual, and notorious, expression of Reformation radicalism arising from unique combination of a civic Reformation following its independent course and a wave of apocalyptic excitement in the Netherlands. Both the Dutch apocalyptic prophets and civic Reformers of Münster rejected the baptism of children in favor of baptism of adults; hence the two religious currents merged. Traditional assumptions regarding civic defense account for unusual introduction of militancy into Melchiorite Anabaptism, a form of Anabaptism especially receptive to spiritualistic and charismatic expressions of religion. The failure of this militant Anabaptist and spiritualist utopia eventuated in a new movement led by Menno Simons that totally rejected militancy but wrestled for centuries with issues of biblicism and spiritualism. The chapter sheds light on Anabaptist rule of Münster by directing the reader’s attention to writings of Heinrich Gresbeck and Bernhard Rothmann and to interrogations of imprisoned Anabaptists.

Keywords: Anabaptism; apocalyptic prophets; Bernhard Rothmann; Heinrich Gresbeck; Münster; Melchoirites; Netherlands; reformation radicalism; spiritualism



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