Zwingli and the Anabaptists: How Friends Became Enemies

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Urs B. Leu


In Zurich, two Reformation churches emerged within a few years, both of which can be traced back to Huldrych Zwingli and his associates: the Reformed Church and a branch of Anabaptism, from which the Amish and Mennonite churches emerged. While Zwingli advocated a Reformed state church, the Anabaptists pleaded for the founding of a free church that would put into practice what was recognized as right from the New Testament, regardless of political sensitivities. The latter was so contrary to the self-image of the Zurich state that it led to serious conflicts with Zwingli and the authorities.

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Leu, Urs B. “Zwingli and the Anabaptists: How Friends Became Enemies”. Reformed Theological Review 83, no. 1 (April 1, 2024): 95–113. Accessed June 14, 2024.