Explain why the Anabaptists were regarded as socially subversive.?

Explain why the Anabaptists were regarded as socially subversive.

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  • 9 years ago
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    They were treated as subversive because they refused the oath or egat, they refused to serve in military service, and they refused to take public office or to participate in anyway in traditional Catholic mass or in the Lutheran reformation mass.

    They postulated that true belief is not governed by man's laws, but God's laws.

    They would be similar to Quakers, Menonites, Amish, and a number of other separatist and pacifist sects.

    Anabaptism refers in essence to rebirth only after adult confirmation. So baptism is not performed until a child is old enough to be considered an adult. Depending 11 or 12 years old, sometimes 13.

    Many such groups formed their own separatist communities, similar to Hutterites and the Amish, etc.

    So in a way they were "subversive" because they were anti-society as it was known then. They eschewed both the Lutheran vision and the Catholic vision, and chose their own strict interpretations, largely based on the Sermon on the Mount.

    They are often referred to as a sect of the Radical Reformation Movement.

  • Jim
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    9 years ago

    Because they believed that a person should be baptized as an expression of their true conversion. This was in opposition to the Catholic church's view of the sacrament of infant baptism. Anabaptists also believed in living in obedience to the New Testament's clear teachings.

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