The Anabaptist Story, Notes (Nelson)

Footnotes, The Anabaptist Story
A Believers' Church Theology, Rev. Ed., by Stanley A. Nelson

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20. Christian History 3, no. 1, Issue on Zwintli (Worcester, PA, 1984), 3. The astute student will always consider a writer's cultural context when seeking to understand that writer's work.

21. ibid., 19.

22. Gottfried Wilhelm Locher, Zwingli's Thought (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1981), 27-32.

23. C.f., W. M. S. West, "The Anabaptists and the Rise of the Baptist Movement" in Christian Baptism, Alec Gilmore (ed.), (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1959).

24. H. Wayne Pipkin, "Impatient Radicals, the Anabaptists," {Christian History} 3, no. 1, Issue on Zwintli (Worcester, PA, 1984), 26.

24a. Fritz Blanke, Brothers in Christ (Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Publishing House, 1961), 13.

25. W. M. S. West, 234.

26. Christian History 3, no. 1, 22.

27. Donald F. Durnbaugh, The Believers' Church (Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1985), 70.

28. C.f., the Roman Church which, of course, will deny such a doctrine and, thus, the need for reform. Jn. 16:13 is interpreted as justifying each innovation as an instance of the "spirit of truth" guiding the Church "into all truth."

29. George H. Williams, ed. Spiritual and Anabaptist Writers. The Library of Christian Classics (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1957), 19ff.

30. Franklin Hamlin Littell, The Anabaptist View of the Church. Boston: Starr King, 1958), 48-65.

31. Jurgen Moltmann, The Church in the Power of the Spirit, (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1975), 66f.

32. Doctrine of Perspicuity: Using Scripture to explain Scripture.

34. Forsyth, P. T. The Church and the Sacraments. (London: Independent Press, 1917), 65f.

35. H. E. Dana, A Manual of Ecclesiology (Kansas City, KA: Central Seminary Press, 1944).

36. Paul S. Minear, Images of the Church in the New Testament (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1965).

37. I am indebted to John Howard yoder for this term. Looping back is an important discipline in the process of auditing the church's response to changes that are imported from the culture. It is a concept taken from nature. When a vine grows, it ventures away from its axis--but it always "loops back" to its original axis to attach itself. It is a conviction of mine that the church "loop back" from time to time to verify its practices, teachings, etc., with the Scriptures.

38. C.f., Philip Le Master, Discipleship for All Believers (Scottdale: Herald Press, 1992.

39. The proper interpretation of ancient texts is especially challenging when encountering metaphors because it is difficult to know the idioms in the ancient culture. Be careful to avoid westernizing biblical metaphors. What, for example, does it mean to say that the "husband is the {head} of the wife as Christ is {head} of the church (Eph. 5:23)? The "head" metaphor means "authority" in the West, but it meant "source" to Paul--Christ is the {source} of the church as man was the {source} of the woman (Gen. 2:21-25).

40. Alec Gilmore, "Jewish Antecedents" in Christian Baptism Alec Gilmore, ed., (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1959), 75-82.

41. R. F. O. White, The Biblical Doctrine of Initiation (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1960), 60.

42. C.f., Gilmore, 75-83.

43. Fisher Humphreys, Thinking About God, (New Orleans: Insight Press, 1974), 133ff.

44. William L. Lumpkin, Baptist Confessions of Faith (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1969), 22-35.

45. James Wm. McClendon, Jr., Systmatic Theology I, Ethics (Nashville: Abingdon, 1986), 269-272.

46. Lumpkin, 22-35.

47. Lumpkin, 23.

48. This passage has the people "seeing" God, but note the sapphire pavement. They saw God's feet reflected in the sapphire; they did not look at God directly.

49. Can you find a democratic "vote" in Scripture? Num. 14 comes close--the people outvoted God. The consequence was decades of additional wandering in the wilderness.

50. John Howard Yoder, The Priestly Kingdom (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1984), 17ff.

51. Ibid.

52. Ibid., 136.