The Anabaptist Vision, given as a presidential address before the American Society of Church History in 1943, has become a classic essay. It has appeared in Church History, The Mennonite Quarterly Review, and as a chapter in the book, The Recovery of the Anabaptist Vision. Ernst Correll has said: "The Anabaptist Vision was a fresh interpretation, a brilliant synthesis, which since has been recognized as a classic statement to be reckoned with for years to come."
H. S. Bender defines the spirit and purposes of the original Anabaptists. Three major points of emphasis are: the transformation of the entire way of life of the individual to the teachings and example of Christ, voluntary church membership based upon conversion and commitment to holy living, and Christian love and nonresistance applied to all human relationships.