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Title: The Schleitheim Confession


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The Schleitheim Confession
  • Pacifism in the Anabaptist Movement
  • Peter Lamey
  • Oct. 19 2007

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Michael Sattler
  • 1495 1527
  • Former Benedictine Monk
  • Chaired the Meeting at which the Confession was
    adopted

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The Brotherly Agreement of Some Children of God
Concerning Seven Articles
  • A confession of faith for the Anabaptists in
    Switzerland
  • Expressing a differing ideology than the one
    which would lead to the Munster fiasco

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The Articles
  • Article One Expresses the belief that baptism
    should be given only to those who have made a
    commitment to the faith
  • Article Two Describes the necessity of
    excommunicating anyone who falls into sin from
    the body of believers

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The Articles
  • Article Three Lays out Anabaptist beliefs about
    the Lord's Supper.
  • Article Four Describes the necessity of living
    apart from all non-believers
  • Article Five Describes the office of the pastor
    as envisioned by the Anabaptists

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The Articles
  • Article Six Repudiates the use of violence by
    any Christian
  • Article Seven Prohibits the swearing of oaths

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Reaction to Anabaptism
  • Even though the Schleitheim Confessions are
    explicitly pacifistic, they were regarded as
    threatening to the established authorities
  • Firstly, because there was suspicion that they
    were merely wolves in sheep's clothing
  • Also, because they were perceived as disloyal due
    to their refusal of military service

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So About that Sattler Guy...
  • Executed by the Austrian Catholic Church in 1527
    for Heresy
  • All of the Male members of the church were then
    beheaded
  • The women were drowned

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Questions?
  • Why do you believe pacifism has failed to make a
    significant impact in the wider Christian church?
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