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Hans Müller, an Anabaptist of Medikon. Grüningen district of the canton of Zurich, Switzerland, was arrested in 1529 because of his Anabaptist views. When he was ordered to attend church he replied that he would confer with his brethren; the city council also met when weighty matters were to be discussed, and they should follow the Golden Rule and let him do likewise. A letter he wrote in prison to the council reveals his knowledge of the Bible, when he explains that his conscience should not be forced, faith being a free gift of God. In another letter he asks for patience with him, for "faith cannot be picked up like a stone." The magistrate Berger said of him that he was otherwise a "fine, upright fellow."


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 178

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 770. All rights reserved.

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