Kingdom of God

Two Kingdoms & Separation From the World—a Defense

The essence of Anabaptism, and our most defining belief, is probably the doctrine of the two kingdoms, or the related doctrine of separation from the world. Basically all our distinctive beliefs flow from the two-kingdom concept. (Another possibility for the most defining belief is our insistence on a simple, theologically unadorned reading of the New …

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Why Were the Anabaptists Persecuted During the (Counter-) Reformation?

Why would a peace-loving people, who saved their pursuers, be persecuted? Why would the Dutch Anabaptist Dirk Willems be burned to a horrible death at the stake after rescuing his enemy from drowning? Many Anabaptists, especially leaders, were drowned, beheaded, or burned at the stake. European governments, whether they were Roman Catholic or Protestant, would …

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