Generic Anabaptism and Biblical Interpretation

By Norman Kraus

What is generic anabaptism?

Anabaptism with a small ‘a’ is a twentieth-century phenomenon – an attempt to adopt and adapt the insights and values of sixteenth-century Anabaptism as a guide to the application of Scripture in our twenty-first century context. While contemporary generic anabaptism attempts to preserve an authentic continuation of the sixteenth-century movement, it is not and cannot be a replica of pristine Anabaptism. Rather, it represents a post-denominational perspective that seeks to dialogue across denominational lines.

Celts and Anabaptists: Wisdom from the Margins for Tomorrow’s Church?

Alan Kreider, Regent’s Park College, Oxford: 10 May 2000

Let me tell you about two of my recent pilgrimages. In late February Eleanor and I went to Lindisfarne, Holy Island, off the coast of Northumberland. We were driven by a companion of the Northumbria community, and hoped to arrive in time for Sunday morning eucharist at St Mary’s Church. Mercifully the tides were low and our trip across the causeway was uneventful, save for our awareness of the immense, wild beauty of the island. The eucharist was led by David Adam, vicar of Lindisfarne, and author of numerous books of prayers in the Celtic tradition. After the service we wandered into the ruins of the priory, in the midst of which loomed the statue of Aidan, apostle to Northumbria and bishop - the beloved saint who evangelized "not on horseback but on foot", who was "a friend of the poor and a real father to the wretched," who was amazed when he saw a "humble king." We then went to stay with companions of the community who interpreted recent developments on the island. Numerous Christian initiatives are now based there - retreat houses, museums, shops, and their own Christian Heritage of Northumbria project. Farming and fishing, the customary business of the islanders, were being superceded by Christian enterprises and tourism. Signs advertised a forthcoming Celtic Arts Festival, to which painters and poets, singers and dance artists, priests and players would gather on the island for a week of performances, ceilidhs and worship - one of them being "Prayer around the Cross Celtic-Taize style."

Urban Expression Open Days

From time to time Urban Expression holds Open Days - opportunities for anyone interested in Urban Expression to join us for a day in East London.

Open Days may include:

  • An urban trail - a guided walk around part of East London, exploring an area with a rich history of urban Christianity.
  • An opportunity to meet team members and local Christians, and to learn about the work of Urban Expression.
  • A shared meal in a local curry house or other restaurant.

Faith, Church and Nation: An Anabaptist Perspective

By Stuart Murray Williams

The Anabaptist Network was invited to present a paper to the Commission on Faith, Church and Nation set up by the Evangelical Alliance. Stuart Murray Williams wrote this and appeared before the Commission in September 2003.


Launch of Post-Christendom Series

Paternoster have launched a new series of books, developed in partnership with the Anabaptist Network, on the theme 'After Christendom'. This began in march 2004 with the publication of Post-Christendom: Church and Mission in a Strange New World by Stuart Murray. This book explores what it means to be Christian in a world in which Christianity is no longer the dominant paradigm in our society. You can read an article by Jonathan Bartley on the new book at Ekklesia.

Further books in the series, to be written by members of the Anabaptist Network, will appear at the rate of roughly one each year from 2005. Next in the series is Church After Christendom by Stuart Murray, published in February 2005. After this will be Faith and Politics After Christendom by Jonathan Bartley.

You can pre-order forthcoming books and order Post-Christendom: Church and Mission in a Strange New World from Paternoster. You can also participate in our After Christendom Forum and further discuss what the end of Christendom means for Christians in the UK and around the world.


Bruderhof Communities in the UK - communitarian Anabaptist groups
Church Net UK - extensive list of churches, Christian organisations and resources
CTBI - Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
Ekklesia - not-for-profit think-tank which works to promote theological ideas in the public square

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