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Chatfield, Graeme R.
Balthasar Hubmaier and the Clarity of Scripture. A Critical Reformation Issue
Cambridge: James Clarke (Lutterworth) 2013. XI, 420 S. Kart. £ 27,50. ISBN 978-0-227-17418-0.
Like several others in the first generation of the Reformation era, Balthasar Hubmaier is a transitional figure who is difficult to categorize theologically. Should his rejection of infant baptism lead to his traditional labelling as an Anabaptist? Or, given Hubmaier’s acceptance of a role for the state in reforming the church and his failure to embrace pacifism, is this too straightforward a conclusion? There are also questions concerning theological influences upon Hubmaier. Is he shaped primarily by the course of the Zurich Reformation and divisions between Zwingli and the early Swiss Anabaptists? Or is the work of Erasmus or the ideas of the magisterial reformers also important? And do ideas rooted in the medieval Catholic tradition continue to influence Hubmaier’s theology in ...
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