What do you see as the primary differences between Anabaptism and Protestantism/Catholicism?
Are Anabaptists the true successors to the Apostles?
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Anabaptists are Protestants.
Rubbish! They are uniquely different to both the other 'organizations'. Historically, Anabapsts have been persecuted by Protestants (and Catholics, too) - especially during the 16th and 17th centuries.
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If your agenda is a prosletyzing one, I think you will find few takers here, and you may be better off seeking a religious discussion forum.

Your topic is one about which most people are not likely to have a strong opinion. If you are interested in discussing the ideas in an open way (particularly with the many forum members here who have English as an additional language), you would do well to be less hostile.
You are quite right. I should rephrase my reply to the Young Californian.

Dear Young Californian,
I believe that your statement that Anabaptists are Protestants, which you did not support in any way, is not correct. If you will be so kind as to refer to the links provided in my regretably terse reply to your unsubstanciated statement, you may see my point.

Protestant - 1.any Western Christian who is not an adherent of a Catholic, Anglican, or Eastern Church.

2.an adherent of any of those Christian bodies that separated from the Church of Rome during the Reformation, or of any group descended from them.
-Random House


You may wish to distance yourself from other protestants, and they may wish to distance themselves from you. But to the English speaking world, they are in the same general group.
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1. A member of a Western Christian church whose faith and practice are founded on the principles of the Reformation, especially in the acceptance of the Bible as the sole source of revelation, in justification by faith alone, and in the universal priesthood of all the believers.

2. A member of a Western Christian church adhering to the theologies of Luther, Calvin, or Zwingli.

3. One of the German princes and cities that supported the doctrines of Luther and protested against the decision of the second Diet of Speyer (1529) to enforce the Edict of Worms (1521) and deny toleration to Lutherans.

4. protestant also (pr-tstnt) One who makes a declaration or avowal.

Well, I don't see the Anabaptists fitting 1,2 or3. Almost anyone could fit 4.

Are you unaware that Anabaptists were indeed vigourously persecuted by both the Romanist 'Church' and Protestant 'Churches'?
Have you not researched the subject?

Anyway, the fact the you have at least reponded indicates that there are at least people who find the subject to be interesting.
So, thanks for your contribution.
What I find especially interesting is that almost all dictionary definitions describe Anabaptists as being part of the reformist movement. This is clearly untrue to anyone who has researched the subject. Anabaptists wanted absolutely nothing to do with Catholicism, and certainly seem to have had, and to have, no desire to reform it.
Mike-Your pronouncement that the definition is 'clearly' untrue is a little excessive. If it were truly clear, we wouldn't be having this discussion. I see plenty of reasonable disagreement about the origin of Anabaptism, and I have researched the subject. One theory of their origin is that they reformed the reformed churches in Switzerland, which still puts them within the group of protestants. Anabaptists and protestants have plenty of major points on which they agree.
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