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ANABAPTISTS

Protestant groups that appeared at Zwickau in Switzerland as early as 1521. Their principal tenets were that: 1. the baptism of infants unbiblical, 2. only adults should be baptized as a sign of Christian belief, 3. primitive Christianity should be restored, notable through the abolition of oaths, capital punishment, and the magistracy, 4. a new kingdom of God on communitarian grounds should be founded. The Anabaptists principles were later adopted by the Baptists, their lineal descendants.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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