Launch of Post-Christendom Series

Paternoster have launched a new series of books, developed in partnership with the Anabaptist Network, on the theme 'After Christendom'. This began in march 2004 with the publication of Post-Christendom: Church and Mission in a Strange New World by Stuart Murray. This book explores what it means to be Christian in a world in which Christianity is no longer the dominant paradigm in our society. You can read an article by Jonathan Bartley on the new book at Ekklesia.

Further books in the series, to be written by members of the Anabaptist Network, will appear at the rate of roughly one each year from 2005. Next in the series is Church After Christendom by Stuart Murray, published in February 2005. After this will be Faith and Politics After Christendom by Jonathan Bartley.

You can pre-order forthcoming books and order Post-Christendom: Church and Mission in a Strange New World from Paternoster. You can also participate in our After Christendom Forum and further discuss what the end of Christendom means for Christians in the UK and around the world.


Bruderhof Communities in the UK - communitarian Anabaptist groups
Church Net UK - extensive list of churches, Christian organisations and resources
CTBI - Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
Ekklesia - not-for-profit think-tank which works to promote theological ideas in the public square

Anabaptist Links

These are links to Anabaptist related organizations sorted by subject. The Anabaptist Network is not responsible for content of these sites, nor does our listing of them constitute an endorsement. Not all Anabaptists think alike.

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How can I receive Anabaptism Today?

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Unpacking the Core Convictions (5)

by Stuart Murray Williams

On the inside back cover of Anabaptism Today are seven “core convictions” that summarise the values, principles, commitments and concerns of many who are part of the Anabaptist Network. They represent an Anabaptist way of understanding what it means to follow Jesus at the start of the 21st century. In a series of short articles we are unpacking these convictions, exploring their implications for faith, mission and discipleship.

The fifth conviction reads:

Article VI. We have been united as follows concerning the sword

We have been united as follows concerning the sword. The sword is an ordering of God outside the perfection of Christ. It punishes and kills the wicked and guards and protects the good. In the law the sword is established over the wicked for punishment and for death and the secular rulers are established to wield the same.

But within the perfection of Christ only the ban is used for the admonition and exclusion of the one who has sinned, without the death of the flesh, simply the warning and the command to sin no more.

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