Buddeus, Johann Franz (1667-1729)
|Johann Franz Buddeus.
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Johann Franz (Franciscus) Buddeus (Budde), born 25 June 1667, died 19 November 1729, was professor of theology at the University of Jena. In his book, Historische und theologische Einleitung in die vornehmsten Religions-streitigkeiten (1724 and 1728), he also discussed the Mennonites, calling them fanatics because they "place the chief emphasis on spiritual means, and reject all outward means, which God has also ordained." The presentation of the rise and development of Anabaptism, which is a pleasant deviation from traditional historical research, is based principally on Joachim Christian Jehring's book, Historie von den Begebenheiten, Streitigkeiten und Trennungen, so unter den Taufgesinnten oder Mennisten von ihrem Ursprung an bis auf das Jahr 1615 entstanden (see Beginsel . . .), for which Buddeus wrote the foreword. Like Hoornbeek, in his Summa controversiarum V, 366, Buddeus distinguishes three classes of Mennonite preachers: (1) dogmata communia, found among all Anabaptists; (2) dogmata specialia, found among some of their sects; (3) dogmata specialissima, who have been taught by one person or another. He adds, "Very few of these people, to be sure, are interested in study; nevertheless there have been some among them who were prominent in writing and public preaching."
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 289.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 462. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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