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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.