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The Transformations Of Community

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This chapter discusses the genesis and transformation of the ideological and social framework that, in the Mennonites' own view, defines, and makes them Christenvolk . It shows the transformation of the Mennonite imagination of the future from an alternative project of voluntary adhesion, into a normative one. This transformation, the chapter argues, is inseparable from the transformation in the quality and type of social relations through which the Mennonites have gone through. During the Reformation, the European feudal system was beginning a process of reorganization and centralization known as Absolutism which became the predecessor of the modern capitalist nation-state. Simons focused on the Scriptural study of the issue of baptism upon hearing about the beheading of Sicke Snyder at Leeuwarden for being rebaptized. The chapter focuses on the historical and contextual variations of the interpretation of the main symbols and ideas that have led to the Old Colony's contemporary situation.

Keywords:Christenvolk; Mennonites; Old Colony; Reformation; Simons; transformation



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