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Freitäufer was a designation for those persons in the era of the Reformation who neither championed nor rejected infant baptism, asserting that the Holy Scriptures neither forbade nor commanded the bap­tism of infants. The name was first used by Bishop Aug. Marius of Brod to refer to Oecolampadius, the local reformer, who at first did not take a clear posi­tion on the question. The term was not widely used in the literature of the 16th century.

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Heberle, U. "Johann Denk und die Ausbreitung seiner Lehre." Theologische Studien und Kritiken (1855): 885.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 700 f.


Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published 1956


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Hege, Christian. "Freitäufer." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 28 May 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Freit%C3%A4ufer&oldid=94721.

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Hege, Christian. (1956). Freitäufer. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 May 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Freit%C3%A4ufer&oldid=94721.




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