Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

5/2/2008

Anabaptist

Anabaptists (Greek ανα (again) +βαπτιζω (baptize), thus, “re-baptizers”[1]) are Christians of the Radical Reformation. Various groups at various times have been called Anabaptist, but the term is most commonly used to refer to the Anabaptists of 16th century Europe.

Anabaptists believe infant baptism is not valid, because a child cannot commit to a religious faith, and they instead support what is called believer’s baptism.

The word anabaptism is used in this article to describe any of the 16th century “radical” dissenters. Today the descendants of the 16th century European movement (particularly the Amish, Hutterites, Mennonites, Church of the Brethren, and Brethren in Christ) are the most common bodies referred to as Anabaptist. for more click here

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