Spiritual and Anabaptist Writers Paperback – 1 Aug 1996
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About the Author
George H. Williams is the former Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Williams is credited with helping to revitalize the Divinity School at Harvard University and produced the first comprehensive history of the school in 1954.
Angel M. Mergal was a professor at the Puerto Rico Evangelical Seminary from 1943-1955.
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One writer said in 1525, "the pope did not derive infant baptism from Holy Scripture any more than purgatory, the Mass, prayer to the saints, letters of indulgence, and all the rest." (Pg. 41-42) Hofmann wrote in 1530, "all human notions are sternly forbidden by the Lord, and pedobaptism is absolutely not from God but rather is practiced, out of willfulness, by anti-Christians and the satanic crowd, in opposition to God..." (Pg. 193)
Hubmaier wrote in 1527, "The reason that the fall of the soul is partly reparable, however, and not fatal, even here on earth, but the fall of flesh is to a certain extent irreparable and deadly, is that Adam, as a type of the soul (as is Eve, of the flesh), would have preferred not to eat of the forbidden tree. He was also not deceived by the serpent, but Eve was..." (Pg. 121) Later, he added, "the soul, through the eating of the forbidden fruit, lost its perception of good and evil in the sight of God." (Pg. 128)
Franck is critical of the "doctors of unwisdom, apes of the apostles and antichrists," who "mix the New Testament with the Old," and "when they have nothing with which to defend their purposes, they run at once to the empty quiver, that is, to the Old Testament, and from it prove [the legitimacy of] war, oath, government, power of magistry, tithes, priesthood... and ascribe this all forcibly to Christ without his will." (Pg. 150-151) He concludes, "all that we have learned since childhood from the papists, we must all of a sudden again unlearn." (Pg. 160)
Many of these writings were not available in English prior to the publication of this volume; they are very illuminating for the history of the early Anabaptist movement.