Four hundred seventy years ago the Anabaptist movement was launched with the inauguration of believer's baptism and the formation of the first congregation of the Swiss Brethren in Zurich, Switzerland. The Anabaptist Story: An Introduction to Sixteenth Century Anabaptism is a standard introduction to the history of Anabaptism by noted church historian William R. Estep.
He offers a vivid chronicle of the rise and spread of the teachings and heritage of this vigorous, important stream in Christianity. In this third edition, The Anabaptist Story has been substantially revised and enlarged to take into account the numerous Anabaptist sources that have come to liht in the last half-century as well as the significant number of monographs and other scholarly research on Anabaptist themes that have recently appeared.In interacting with these materials, Estep challenges a number of assumptions held by contemporary historians of sixteenth-century Anabaptism and offers fresh insights into the historical movement to which we owe the notion of religious liberty that prevails today. William R. Estep is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church History at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. His other books include Renaissance and Reformation.