Rediscovering Anabaptism: Reading the Bible

Stuart Murray Williams, founder member and chair of the Anabaptist Network and director of Urban Expression, talks about the ways in which the early Anabaptists read and interpreted the Bible and why they disagreed with the Reformers on interpretation. He notes their Christocentrism, the way in which they welcomed the involvement but precluded the domination of scholars, their emphasis on application and their trust in ordinary Christians as biblical interpreters. He also recognises some weaknesses in their approach.

Pippa, a member of the Anabaptist Network, concludes that the Anabaptist approaches to the Bible have considerable contemporary significance across different traditions.

Graham Watkins, Baptist minister in West London, reflects on the strengths and weaknesses of charismatic and Anabaptist approaches to Scripture.

Eleanor Kreider, former Mennonite missionary in England and founder member of the Anabaptist Network, explores Balthasar Humbaier’s ‘Pledge of Love’ and communion liturgy – a radical reworking of the Catholic Mass.