Very interesting — too much to comment on here except to say the saddest section for me was this:
The initial Anabaptist/Mennonite mission impulse largely disappeared within a century.The witness of Mennonites in their native lands got silenced after 1590 in two ways:
• In central Europe, Mennonites (and later the Amish, who split from the Swiss Mennonites in 1693) withdrew into cultural and religious enclaves where the emphasis was more on preservation than on mission.• In northern Europe, Mennonites became prosperous and joined the cultural mainstream. One prominent Mennonite leader, for example, was sufficiently cultured and wealthy to have his portrait painted by Rembrandt.
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