Anabaptist

Anabaptist

Anabaptists are Protestant Christians of the Radical Reformation of 16th-century Europe, although some consider Anabaptism to be a distinct movement from Protestantism.

About Anabaptist

Anabaptists are Protestant Christians of the Radical Reformation of 16th-century Europe, although some consider Anabaptism to be a distinct movement from Protestantism. The Amish, Hutterites, Mennonites, Old Order Mennonites and Conservative Mennonites are direct descendants of the movement. The name Anabaptist is derived from the Greek term anabaptista, or 'one who baptizes over again.' This name was given them by their enemies in reference to the practice of 're-baptizing' converts who 'already had been baptized' (or sprinkled) as infants. Anabaptists required that baptismal candidates be able to make their own confessions of faith and so rejected baptism of infants. The early members of this movement abhorred the name 'Anabaptist', claiming that since infant baptism was unscriptural and null and void, the baptizing of believers was not a 're-baptism' but in fact the first baptism for them.

Contributions by JonHarder, Rlvaughn, and Anacapa.