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Peter Fröse (d. 1853), elder of the Mennonite congregation of Orlofferfelde, West Prussia, Germany, author of the booklet, Liebreiche Erinnerung an die mennonitischen Glaubensgenossen in Hinsicht des Artikels von der Wehrlosigkeit. In Einfalt, aber aus Liebe und guter Absicht mitgeteilt (Tiegerweide near Tiegenhof, West Prussia, 1850).

The foreword of the 38-page booklet is signed by the ministers of the Mennonite church at Orlofferfelde in May 1861. In addition to a detailed Biblical foundation for nonresistance it presents from Gottfried Arnold's Wahre Abbildung der ersten Christen testimonies of the Church Fathers Tertullian, Irenaeus, Hilary, Origen, and Chrysostomus, as also the ideas of the Waldenses and Menno Simons' views on nonresistance from Herman Schijn's history of the Mennonites. Fröse closes with an ardent appeal to Mennonite elders and preachers to hold fast to this important doctrine.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 15.

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1956

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