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Naked Anabaptist ❰PDF❯ ✅ Naked Anabaptist Author Stuart Murray – Anabaptist Christians have been around for almost 500 years But what does Anabaptism look like when not clothed in Mennonite or Amish traditions Writing from Great Britain Stuart Murray peels back the Anabaptist Christians have been around for almost years But what does Anabaptism look like when not clothed in Mennonite or Amish traditions Writing from Great Britain Stuart Murray peels back the layers to reveal the core components of Anabaptism and what they mean for faith in his context and ours It's a way of following Jesus that challenges disturbs and inspires us summoning us to wholehearted discipleship and worship read this book and catch a vision for living a life of radical faith.

10 thoughts on “Naked Anabaptist

  1. Clif Hostetler Clif Hostetler says:

    This book is written from the view point of a neo Anabaptist That is a person who comes from a background of main line Christianity has witnessed the slow demise of the traditional world view of imperial Christendom and has concluded that the heart of true Christianity can be found in the Anabaptist tradition The neo Anabaptist may appear to embrace their discovery of Anabaptism with an enthusiasm of a new convert which those of us who were raised within the Anabaptist tradition may find surprising but gratifying However the neo Anabaptists are not necessarily lining up to join the churches that trace their ancestry to Anabaptist origins Many are willing to go by titles such as MethodistAnabaptist CatholicAnabaptist or even AgnosticAnabaptist The title of the book traces its origin to frustration with the traditions that many traditionally Anabaptist churches such as Mennonite or Amish have picked up over the years that have little to do with the basic concepts of Anabaptism Thus this book attempts to define Anabaptism that is naked of cultural or ethnic traditions There are some shades of differences in core values between neo Anabaptists and those of historical Anabaptists It's interesting to compare the core values stated in this book with those of the Schleitheim Confession of 1527 However the spirit of first loyalty to a Jesus centered faith over that of cultural national andor political obligations remains The differences are a result of changed cultural circumstances over the past 500 years For example the issue of pastors and leaders having high ethical standards was important in 1527 because of prevailing immorality among the state church clergy of the 16th Century Such an issue is still important but it's an issue that neo Anabaptists are not likely to included in core values of today The neo Anabaptists of today are likely to emphasize the community of believers working together to determine how a Jesus centered life is lived in the context of the 21st Century post Christendom world And this of course is still consistent with the overall spirit of the 1527 Schleitheim Confession I won't take time here to list the seven core values of Anabaptism as listed in this book; you can read the book for yourself But I will discuss two statements with which some Anabaptist may be surprised The first is the issue of nonviolence The author acknowledges that the peace tradition and pacifism or nonviolence has been one of the distinguishing features of the Anabaptist tradition But he goes on to state that not all Anabaptists today are pacifists Well technically he is correct but many within the Anabaptist tradition would maintain that the peace emphasis is a central distinguishing feature of Anabaptist thinking and that not accepting that feature is a compromised version of Anabaptism The second is the practice of adult baptism The author indicates that he seriously considered not including adult baptism as an important practice for today's Anabaptists That is ironic since the name anabaptist originated from the practice of 16th Century believers who asked to be baptized again as adults because they didn't think their baptism as a baby was legitimate The thinking of the author is that since western society no longer considers failure to baptize infants as a sign of treason against the state that its significance as a religious symbol is diminished as well But in the end the author included adult baptism as a traditional symbol that remains important to Anabaptists of today The author is willing to recognize that there are weaknesses and limitations inherent with the Anabaptist tradition There's even a section titled Anabaptism Warts and All But the author remains generally optimistic about the future of Anabaptism He sees a future in which traditional Christianity will become increasingly marginalized The author believes the fading influence of Christianity to be a positive change because it frees Christians from the inferred obligation to be a significant player within western culture Thus freed it can become what the Christian Church should have been in the first place The author sees the Anabaptist tradition as an unusually helpful lens through which to look at Scripture and discern the genuine heart of Christian faith and belief

  2. Mark Mark says:

    I've been seeing increasing mentions of Anabaptists recently Like many American Christians probably the only associative reference I have of Anabaptists are groups such as the Amish Mennonites and uakers This book was a good introduction on some of the history the core values and how these values are practiced in contemporary societyThe title The Naked Anabaptist comes from the purpose of the book to strip away group and cultural accouterments that are associated with forms of Anabaptism and get at the core values that are shared across most if not all who belong to it There are seven such values and among them are what is likely familiar to many Christians peacemaking community and social justice There are others that are less familiar but no less important such as methods of reading and interpreting scripture; engaging the public sphere; and ministry according to gifts not culturally and culturally informed theologically based roles aka gender roles women's roles in the church etcOne of the key principles used throughout the book is the distinction between Christianity and Christendom The first is faithful to Jesus and gospel; the second is a creation of literally men The former is the first two to three centuries of the Church; the latter is what happened when Church and Rome came together and continues to be a priority of most Christian groups and denominations today Even among those who claim separation of church and state many look with nostalgia on the time when the public sphere had the imprimatur of the Church and vice versa and the hierarchical structure taken from secular power reign in most formal church organizations Anabaptists are very much for Christianity but are strongly against ChristendomThe book ends with a chapter on some of the criticisms and critiues that Anabaptism has received some of its shortcomings and dangers The book is evangelistic but not proselytizing ie it seeks to spread the good news that is found in Anabaptist values And there are many There are parts of the original gospel hidden and minimized in many forms of mainstream Christianity that are emphasized in Anabaptist values These can provide correctives to some skewed expressions of Christianity and offer hope and a new vision to Christians disillusioned by what they see and don't see in current forms of popular Christianity But it does not seek to turn people into Anabaptists The room is big enough for many strands and expressions of Christianity Anabaptist values can be incorporated into existing frameworks providing a robust and genuine expressions of what it means to follow the gospel of Jesus ChristThis review is based on ARC supplied by the publisher through NetGalley

  3. Scott Corwin Scott Corwin says:

    No wonder I like this bookMy general Baptist background kindles in me warm affections for my Anabaptist cousins Add to that my Anabaptist studies under the tutelage of Wayne Pipkin in Zürich and my interest in the theologyethics of James William McClendon Jr and my 'baptist convictions are fanned into flame On top of it all TB Maston's Christ centered discipleship ethics the focus of my doctoral studies fueled my passions for a life and teachings of Jesus focus BTW Maston was one of McClendon's professorsI like the fact that The Naked Anabaptist puts this third way back into the conversation because the 'baptist perspective has something significant to say about following after Jesus in a postmodernpost Christian world It speaks to issues of personal discipleship in the company of the community of faith within the context of culture and adds a balancing corrective to an evangelicalism too often dominated by Reformed scholasticism

  4. Stephen Stephen says:

    No one can know Christ unless he follows after him in lifeand no one can follow him unless he first knows himI grew up within the churches of Christ However I always felt like an odd ball in the places the church of Christ resided during my life This is partly to do with my fabulous parents who constantly got our family's feet wet in all kinds of things But it was partly because the churches of Christ had roots that were very Anabaptist and my family had stayed in touch with those roots despite the larger church moving on to main stream evangelicalism with some exceptions If you wanna see about this check out Lee Camp's Mere Discipleship Now I find myself a Pastor at a Mennonite church and its kinda weird not being the odd ball anyThe Naked Anabaptist tries to boil down some of the main ualities of the Anabaptist movement that have spoken to so many followers of Jesus The book revolves around these 7 convictions a survey of Anabaptis history and some of the weaknesses of Anabaptism I resonated with so many things in this book from the above uote to the language of followers the view of christendom to the section where Murray make sure to point out some of the weaknesses of AnabaptismI like Murray am not particularly worried about the end of christendom in the west and hopefully not naive in the challenges that willis bringing I join the Anabaptist voice by thinking christendom actually hurt the Kingdom of God than it helped it Anabaptism is not the only voice for followers of Jesus in this new season but it is an important one for all to look at and learn from The Naked Anabaptist is a great place to start

  5. Chase Parnell Chase Parnell says:

    “Christianity is a failed religion Why? Because it has specialized in dealing with “spiritual needs” to the exclusion of physical and social needs It has focused on “me” and “my eternal destiny” but it has failed to address the dominant sociological and global realities of their lifetime systemic injustice poverty and dysfunction” This book is all about the “post Christendom” church and how the Anabaptist tradition might emerge as a model for authentic Christ like faith Discipleship non violence living like Jesus lived and literally living out the Sermon on the Mount are a few of the its priorities Love your enemies Don’t blow them up Don’t rape and pillage the land care for it Offer the clothes off your back to the poor Don’t succumb to power greed and money Actually do what Jesus prescribedStarts off a little slow at least in the revised second edition but then it starts blowing your mind Recommend for anyone interested in non mainline faith or for those who are totally disillusioned by GodJesusChristianity in general

  6. Curtis Curtis says:

    Provides a great introduction to some of the core tenets of the tradition commonly held since the sixteenth century Without trying to be the authoritative source for Anabaptist thought the author provides a great overview of the history founding beliefs and perspectives on why Anabaptist thought and practice is becoming increasingly popular in this post Christendom age I found myself constantly agreeing with the central topics as the author defined them Following Jesus Jesus Centered Bible After Christendom Good News to the Powerless Community and Discipleship Simplicity and Justice Making Peace and without romanticising the tradition I too believe it has much to offer the modern church in Western society

  7. Adam Ross Adam Ross says:

    A great book that strips away the frills from the Anabaptist movement and would be an excellent book for anyone interested in the Anabaptist tradition or are simply looking for some fresh perspectives to bring into their own tradition

  8. Rene Rene says:

    An interesting historical look at Anabaptist origins and how the life of the anabaptist is becoming relevant in a post christendom world

  9. Stephen London Stephen London says:

    Very helpful read if you are interested in learning from the Anabaptist approach to faith in Jesus but not from a traditional Anabaptist background

  10. Emily Anderle Emily Anderle says:

    Like so many millennials I’ve become disgusted by the church’s collusion with power that was especially on display when 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump It feels like our church has betrayed her values and betrayed us We’re left deconstructing our faith or finding a new community with a authentic expression We’re ready for the anabaptists I read “The Naked Anabaptist” and felt like I was seeing my hopes and dreams for the type of community I’d like to be a part of reflected back to me It was wonderful to learn that there has been and currently are Christian communities radically following after Jesus even when especially when it’s costly Stuart Murray shows how Anabaptists have always stayed on the outside of Christendom through their economics and commitment to pacifism He also addresses some of the “warts” of the tradition If you’re interested in learning about the Anabaptist movement this is a great primer I recently discovered that there’s an Anabaptist church near me and I will definitely be checking them out

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