Course Information

This course explores how radicalized Christians in the sixteenth century recovered a Jesus-centered practice of defenseless discipleship amidst the ruins of a fractured European Christendom.  They did this by combining Protestant discoveries with Catholic practices.  Discover their solution as this course tracks the development of a coherent Anabaptist peace theology through two centuries of struggle with established religious and civil authorities that sought to destroy this emerging early modern peace church.

How Courses Work

All of our courses are offered via online live attendance (using free webinar software, for which we provide a link). Each course is six weeks long, meeting online once a week on the same day at the same time. The weekly sessions run 90 minutes: 45 minutes for presentation and 45 minutes for Q&R. A maximum of 15 students will be randomly selected to participate in the Q&R sessions (system-generated). If a student misses a course session, the talk/lecture will still be available online for 60 days, but the live chat room interaction will not be available.

Live Class Dates

The course begins July 24, 2017 and runs weekly at 7PM EST. The live class dates are as follows:
  • Jul 24 – Session 1
  • Jul 31 – Session 2
  • Aug 7 – Session 3
  • Aug 14 – Session 4
  • Aug 21 – Session 5
  • Aug 28 – Session 6

Full course details, including session titles and attachments, are available upon registration.

Required Texts

Separation and the Sword in Anabaptist Persuasion
Gerald J. Mast
Cascadia Publishing House, 2006.

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Primary sources available online

  1. Conrad Grebel, “Letters to Müntzer.” http://www.anabaptistnetwork.com/grebel
  2. Schleitheim Brotherly Union. http://www.anabaptistwiki.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Schleitheim_Confession_
  3. Pilgram Marpeck, “Expose of the Babylonian Whore.” http://www.anabaptistnetwork.com/node/250
  4. Anna Janz, “Testament.” http://personal.stthomas.edu/gwschlabach/docs/AnnaJanz.htm
  5. Menno Simons, “Reply to False Accusations.” http://myweb.arbor.edu/cwhite/menno.pdf
  6. Dordrecht Confession of Faith. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Dordrecht_Confession_of_Faith_

About The Instructor

Dr. Gerald J. Mast is professor of communication at Bluffton University and author of numerous books and essays on Anabaptist history and theology, including Separation and the Sword in Anabaptist Persuasion (Cascadia, 2006) and, with J. Denny Weaver, Defenseless Christianity: Anabaptism for a Nonviolent Church (Cascadia, 2009). He serves as vice-chair of the Mennonite Historical Society and is the editor of the society’s signature academic book series Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History. Mast currently teaches a graduate course in Anabaptist history and theology for the Anabaptist Learning Institute, which certifies teachers at Mennonite elementary and high schools as Anabaptist educators.

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