A spirited confession of faith by a twenty-three-year-old persecuted Christian in a sixteenth-century Austrian dungeon.
Peter Riedemann (1506-1556) became an Anabaptist minister at age twenty-three, at a time when these church reformers were being drowned, beheaded, and burned at the stake by the thousand for their commitment to believers' baptism, nonviolence, economic sharing, and the restoration of a New Testament Christianity free from state control. He was imprisoned in Austria, but escaped three years later. A prominent early leader of the Hutterites, Riedemann died at a Hutterian intentional community in Slovakia at the age of fifty, having spent a total of nine years in prison for his faith. Stuart Murray, author of The Naked Anabaptist, is a trainer and consultant for church planting and urban mission with the Anabaptist Network. He is based in Bristol, England.
A luminous introduction to the fire of the Radical Reformation. --
Jay C. Rochelle, Currents
What the sixteenth-century Anabaptists taught about mutual aid, peace, discipline, religious liberty and lay witness is as fresh and important as it was fifteen generations ago. -- Dr. Franklin H. Littell