Doing Theology from Anabaptist-Mennonite Perspective


Course Objective

- The student knows the diverse theological approaches to theology
from Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.
- The student has insight in a variety of theological writings
from 16th century Anbaptism to 21st c. theologians and how those
relate to each other and to the wider ecumenical discussions. Related
hermeneutical insights will be gained.
- The student is able to transfer this knowledge and ability to
find solutions to new or unknown circumstances in a wider context.
- The student is able to integrate the knowledge and to cope with
the complexities involved.
- The student is able to formulate judgments on the basis of the given
information, taking into account the societal and ethical
responsibilities involved.
- The student is able to communicate conclusions growing out of the
knowledge, motives and arguments in a clear manner to a public of
- The student will be able to argue for and
against different theological approaches of “doing theology” from
anabaptist-mennonite perspective, and shape his/her own preferences.
- The student will be able to perform independently and autonomously
follow-up studies.

Course Content

At the start of the course, the way of doing theology from an
Anbaptist-Mennonite perspective will be presented and discussed,
compared with other approaches.
In the sessions historical approaches (mainly from the 16th C) on
theological topics will be presented and discussed. These will be
compared with 20th- and 21st-C approaches from Anbaptist-Mennonite
Topics include Trinitarian Theology, Christology, Pneumatology,
During this year, special attention will be given to Spiritualism as a
specific way of Anabaptist thinking and practice in the 16th Century as
well as its political dimension in 21st-C theological approaches.

Teaching Methods

Seminar-style, presentations, reading-reports.

Method of Assessment

Attendance 10%
Presentations in Class 20%
Final Paper - Reading Report 70%


A Companion to Anabaptism and Spiritualism, 1521-1700, ed. by John Roth,
James Stayer, Leiden: Brill 2007
George, T. (1986-1987). Spiritualiteit der vroege Dopers. Doopsgezinde
Bijdragen nieuwe reeks 12-13. Geestelijke vernieuwing en sociale
verandering. De vroege Reformatie in de Nederlanden circa 1530-1565. ,
12-13, 195-211.
Dorothee Soelle, The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance, 2001

FERNANDO ENNS, The Peace Church and the Ecumenical Community.
Ecclesiology and the Ethics of Nonviolence. Copublished by
Kitchener/Ontario: Pandora Press and Geneva: World Council of Churches
2007, Ch. II.3., pp 84-104. (in German: Friedenskirche in der
THOMAS FINGER, A Contemporary Anabaptist Theology. Downers Grove/IL:
InterVarsity 2004: The Communal Dimension (157-254); Jesus and Divine
Reality (329-464)
WALTER KLAASSEN (ed.), Anabaptism in Outline. Selected Primary Sources.
Kitchener/Ont and Scottdale/IN: Herald Press 1981: Jesus Christ: God´s
Revelation (23-40); The Church (101-117); Cross, Suffering, an
Discipleship (85-100); The Bible (140-161); Baptism (162-189), Lord´s
Supper (190-210).
More literature will be provided during the course

Target Audience

This course is part of the three year Master, can also be chosen as an
elective for one-year and three-year Master programs

General Information

Course Code G_DSDOTH
Credits 6 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Religion and Theology
Course Coordinator prof. dr. F. Enns
Examiner prof. dr. F. Enns
Teaching Staff prof. dr. F. Enns

Practical Information

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