Stuart Murray in his book, The Naked Anabaptist, suggests that many Anabaptists around the world are part of traditions we wouldn’t readily associate with Anabaptism. According to Murray, they practice a stripped down or “naked” form of Anabaptism
“Navigating the waters”
Since the 1970s, Mennonite Brethren have claimed the unusual title of evangelical Anabaptists. Through the decades, we’ve found ways to blend two broad theological streams into one current of church ministry and life.
How the MB Herald shaped our attitudes about evangelical Anabaptism Many MBs understand “Anabaptist” and “evangelical” as overlapping categories, like two circles in a Venn diagram. Both bodies hold distinct…
The reasons for claiming an Anabaptist identity have varied over time: in Russia, early Mennonite Brethren leaders were quick to claim continuity with the Mennonite-Anabaptist tradition, at least in part, to insure they didn’t jeopardize their legal status as Mennonites.
Imagine the Mennonite Brethren denomination as the adult daughter (“MB”) of two parents: “Anabaptist” and “evangelical.” The daughter sometimes recalls her parents’ marriage as one long-running conflict.