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The Anabaptist Story: An Introduction to Sixteenth-Century Anabaptism, 3rd ed.
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The Anabaptist Story: An Introduction to Sixteenth-Century Anabaptism, 3rd ed.


Eerdmans 1996

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This standard introduction to the history of Anabaptism offers a vivid chronicle of the rise and spread of this vigorous Christian group. Estep provides a historical review of each Anabaptist leader’s influence and discusses their positions on such doctrines as infant baptism, the Trinity, pacifism, the swearing of oaths and civil authority. The author, wanting to impart more than just information, hopes “that through these pages the world of the sixteenth century may come alive, and the Anabaptists within it, with all their virtues and faults, their strengths and weaknesses, but above all with the faith and ideals that motivated them to witness in word and deed, in life and in death, for that truth which for them was worth the living and the dying.”

In this third edition, The Anabaptist Story has been substantially revised and enlarged to take into account the numerous Anabaptist sources that have come to light in the last half-century. Estep was also able to take advantage of the significant number of monographs and other scholarly research on Anabaptist themes that have appeared more recently. He challenges a number of assumptions held by contemporary historians of sixteenth-century Anabaptism and offers fresh insights into the historical movement to which we owe the notion of religious liberty that prevails today.

Praise for the Print Edition

A sympathetic and fair-minded account. Estep is a spiritually sensitive, careful, and thoughtful scholar. His book is the best popular synthetic treatment of sixteenth-century Anabaptist history.

Restoration Quarterly

Recommended for its forceful and engaging style and for its unquestionable scholarship. Pastors, students, and scholars will be better informed in the area of Radical Reformation studies by its careful perusal.

Southwestern Journal of Theology

Product Details

  • Title: The Anabaptist Story: An Introduction to Sixteenth-Century Anabaptism
  • Author: William R. Estep
  • Edition: Third
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 348

About William R. Estep

William R. Estep (1920-2000) was Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church History at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. He participated in several church organizations including the American Society of Church History; the Conference on Faith and History; Southern Baptist Historical Society; the Texas Baptist Historical Society; and the Historical Committee of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He is the author of Renaissance and Reformation and Revolution within the Revolution.

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