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Obedient Heretics : Mennonite Identities in Lutheran Hamburg and Alton During the Confessional Age - Michael D. Dreidger

Obedient Heretics

Mennonite Identities in Lutheran Hamburg and Alton During the Confessional Age

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This case study examines the history of the Netherlandic Mennonite community living in and around Hamburg after the Thirty Years War. Based on detailed archival research, it expands the scope of Radical Reformation studies to include the confessional age (c. 1550-1750). During this period Mennonites had to conform politically while trying to preserve many of the non-conformist ideals of their forebears, such as the refusal to baptize children, bear arms and swear solemn oaths. The research presented in Obedient Heretics will, it is intended, be of interest to scholars of minority communities in addition to those concerned with the Reformation's legacy, confessionalization and confessional identity.

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Confessional Migration: The Dispersion of Anabaptists to Northern Germanyp. 8
The Short-lived Ceremonialism of the Dompelaarsp. 31
The Confessionalist Strategy of Flemish Leadersp. 49
Mennonite Confessionalization and Beyond: Polemics and the Articulation of a Conformist Ideologyp. 75
A Conformist Brand of Non-resistance: Controversies and Silencesp. 107
The Non-swearing of Solemn Oaths: Official Accounts versus Everyday Behavioursp. 129
Mixed Marriages and Social Changep. 154
Conclusionp. 172
Appendicesp. 179
Flemish preachers in Hamburg and Altonap. 180
Flemish deacons and deaconesses in Hamburg and Altonap. 182
Approved marriagesp. 183
Confessionally mixed marriages and most other unapproved marriagesp. 184
Unapproved marriages between first cousinsp. 189
Individuals who married non-Mennonites or Dompelaars before becoming Flemish congregational membersp. 190
Conversions to other churches not resulting from confessionally mixed marriagesp. 192
Individuals disciplined for improper financial dealingsp. 194
Individuals disciplined for violent behaviourp. 196
Individuals disciplined for other immoral behaviourp. 197
Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780754602927
ISBN-10: 0754602923
Series: St Andrews Studies in Reformation History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.1 x 23.8  x 2.200
Weight (kg): 0.522