THE STATE is, arguably, the most universal, comprehensive and powerful form of social organization ever conceived and established in human history. In extensive measures, the state always plays salient role in ameliorations of human societies. Neverteless, since the state has imposing authority upon its subject, indecorius abuse of such immense power may generate cataclysmic chaos throughout the wole configuration of human societies. Hence, as a part of human societies, it is imperative for christians to always ponder on the ever complex and contentious relationship between Christianity and the state.
Thsi volume explores and reflects on the Sixteenth Century Anabaptis views of the state. The writercritically probes on the rich and multifaceted throught of prominent Sixteenth Century Anabaptist figure such Menno Simons, Balthasar Hubmaier, Hans Denck and Pilgram Marpeck as well as extensive arrays of contemporaneous Anabaptist manuscripts.
In an exceptional combination of embracing transience and perceptive depth, this volume provides the reader with lucid insights on how the Sixteenth Century Anabaptists perceived and reflected upon their convoluted relationship with the state. Insights which are ever germane for those genuinely concerned with how Christianity ougth to angage with the state.