This unit examines the origins, evolution and legacy of Sixteenth Century Anabaptism (Radical Reformation). It will explore the emergence of Anabaptism within Europe, its sociological milieu, relationship to other Reformation movements, forms of protest, spirituality, geographical spread and missionary outreach.

Unit code: CH3052W

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Identify key political, cultural and religious factors that gave rise to the Radical Reformation


Outline key features of the Anabaptist movement and trace its historical development


Critically evaluate a range of Anabaptist sources


Explain and evaluate some of the reasons for diversity among Anabaptists in various parts of the world


Illustrate the relevance of various Anabaptist models of church and faith for contemporary Christian experience

Unit sequence

30 points in CH and 15 points in DM if taken as a DM unit OR 30 points in DM and 15 points in CH if taken as a CH unit


Lectures, tutorials, seminars

Indicative Bibliography

  • Baylor, Michael G (ed.). The Radical Reformation. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1991.
  • Estep, William R. The Anabaptist story, 3rd edn, Grand Rapids: Mich., Eerdmans, 1996
  • Goertz, Hans-Jurgen. The Anabaptists. Translated into English by Trevor Johnson. London, UK: Routledge, 1996.
  • Klaasen, Walter. Anabaptism: neither Catholic nor Protestant. Kitchener, Ont.: Pandora Press, 2001
  • Krabill, James R et al (eds). Evangelical, Ecumenical and Anabaptist missiologies in conversation: essays in honour of Wilbert R. Shenk. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis 2006
  • Murray, Stuart. The naked Anabaptist: the bare essentials of a radical faith. Scottdale, Pa.; Waterloo, Ont.: Herald Press, 2010 (Recommended for purchase)
  • Packull, Werner O. Rereading Anabaptist beginnings. Winnipeg: CNBC, 1991
  • Roth, John D (ed.). Engaging Anabaptism: conversations with a Radical tradition. Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 2001
  • Snyder, C Arnold. Following in the footsteps of Christ: the Anabaptist tradition. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2004
  • Shenk, Wilbert R and Peter F Penner (eds.). Anabaptism and mission. Schwarzenfeld, Germany: Nuefeld Verlag, 2007


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay 2500 words

2500 50.0

Seven (7) Online Forum posts 1000 words

1000 20.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial paper 1,500 words

1500 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-10-11 10:10:52 +1100