Protestant Mennonites Meet in Netherlands, Adopt Dordrecht Confession of Faith

Protestant Mennonites Meet in Netherlands, Adopt Dordrecht Confession of Faith

Menno Simmons, whose followers became the Mennonites
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The Mennonites, a Protestant group descended from the Anabaptists, meets in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, and adopts the 18 articles of the Dordrecht Confession of Faith.

This becomes a key document in the Radical Reformation, a movement that rejects even the Lutheran Reformation as corrupted and which thus abandons "visible" churches and church institutions in favor of "invisible" churches — basically, a small community of believers.

The Dordrecht Confession of Faith remains important for several Christian groups that are descended from the earliest Anabaptist, including modern Anabaptists, Mennonites, and Amish.

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Rated by Reuben    10-12-12

Dordrecht is a fairly mature confession of faith. If we think of the Radical Reformation as starting in the 1520s and 30s, then you see Dordrecht is written over a hundred years later. Alsatian groups will adopt it in 1660 and Americans in 1725. It is a key document, but the movement has been up and running for a while by the time it is written, and, in fact, it is addressing many issues that come from growing pains in the movement.

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