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by Michael Sattler

Michael Sattler has been called by his admirers and critics the most significant of the first-generation leaders of Anabaptism. This is a collection of documents by and about Sattler, edited by John Howard Yoder with introductions and extensive notes. It is the first volume in the Classics of the Radical Reformation, a series of Anabaptist and Free Church documents translated and annotated under the direction of the Institute of Mennonite Studies.
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ISBN: 0836111877
ISBN13: 978-0836111873
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: Michael Sattler
Language: English
Publisher: Herald Pr (October 1, 1973)
Pages: 194 pages
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Rating: 4.3
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Michael Sattler is one of the many unsung heroes of history. Sattler's life and death helped pave the way for freedom of conscience from Church/State regimes bent on killing anyone who dared challenge the system. This book is a selection of tracts written by Sattler in the short years of his Christian life. Lastly, I found the notes and references helpful in directing me toward further study.

Michael Sattler's writings are also an absolute MUST READ for anyone interested in the early Swiss Brethren & Anabaptism. Come take coals from the fire than burned fierce in the lives of those Christians willing to sacrifice everything for Jesus Christ. The Anabaptists are one part of the unbroken chain portraying Christ's Bride throughout the ages.

This book was insightful to me on several levels. First, the book helped me understand 16th Century Anabaptism in a greater way. Second, the book helped challenge my faith and practice. The tract "Two Types of Obedience" was very insightful and helped stir my heart toward greater love.
As a Baptist, we have a kinship with the early Anabaptist movement. It was great to know more about a real hero of the time - Michael Sattler
Michael Sattler and his writings became an integral part of my dissertation on first-generation Ecclesial Anabaptism and I quoted this book often. It is an excellent work and I treasure it as part of my Anabaptist library.
I recently finished John Howard Yoder's compilation The Legacy of Michael Sattler. Yoder compiles all of the known documents attributed to the Anabaptist martyr Michael Sattler, one of the most prominent thinkers and leaders of early Anabaptism, especially the Swiss Anabaptist movement. Sattler is someone I have written about before and as one of the lead authors of the Schleitheim Confession he can be arguably labelled the most well-known Anabaptist theologian.

Yoder includes in his work a number of letters and formal writings attributed to Sattler, accounts of his trial and execution, letters written by him from prison and on his behalf from others, notably the Reformer Wolfgang Capito. Also included are two hymns thought to have been written by Sattler that are still in use today by the Amish in their Ausbund, or German hymnbook. Some of my Amish friends recognized his name from the book when I was reading it and confirmed the use of those hymns. Also included is a rather difficult to interpret set of scriptural references seeking to refute infant baptism.

For the student of historic Anabaptism this is an invaluable addition of primary documents, which stands in contrast to the more typical "survey" books like Verduin's The Reformers and their Stepchildren. We get the chance to look at these early writings and see the nascent theology of those who rejected Roman doctrine and many Lutheran/Reformed adaptations alike. Some of the writings exhibit a fairly primitive attempt on a topic but Sattler, like so many others, didn't live long enough to work out his theological positions in great detail. Still The Legacy of Michael Sattler is like a brief step back into history and one I found to be fascinating and encouraging, even though it is overshadowed in places by the gruesome, anti-Christian murder of Sattler.

As an aside, the more I read of the historic Anabaptists the more it seems to me that contemporary "Anabaptists" don't look, think or act much like them on either side of the spectrum. While I feel far more affinity toward the "conservative" contemporary Anabaptists, their insistence on external uniformity and lack of evangelistic zeal indicate that they turned inward and never turned back somewhere along the line. The contemporary "progressive Anabaptist" movement shares a desire for peacemaking with the historic Anabaptists and that is about it, having co-opted the name as a groovy sounding name to dress up run of the mill progressive theology. I think a lot of this stems from general ignorance and indifference to what the men and women who first carried the name Anabaptists thought, taught and did. I think conservative Anabaptists would rediscover the zeal for evangelism that marked their forefathers and perhaps progressive Anabaptists would realize that you can be a peacemaker without embracing every leftist political idea and aberrant theology that comes along.

If you are interested in the Anabaptists and have read over some of the popular level surveys of Anabapist history, The Legacy of Michael Sattler is a great way to get deeper and meet from afar some of our brothers and sisters who paid with their life in order to serve our Lord.
This classic collection of Michael Sattler's books was translated and edited by John H. Yoder in 1937, for Herald Press in Scottsdale Pennsylvania. It is not an exhaustive collective of the works and writings of Michael Sattler, but does feature an strong introductory foundation to the early Anabaptist writings and the definitive culture we as Anabaptists received through the influence of Michael Sattler's words, deeds and faith. This book is the book number 1, in the series "Classics of the Radical Reformation." In this book the publisher and John Yoder clarify, that it was their intention to translate scholarly edition of the primary works of Michael Sattler (and the other Major Anabaptist and Free Church writers of the 16th and 17th Century) into the English Language rather than complete an all inclusive and exhaustive work. Michael Sattler was a apostle layer of theological influence, for what would become the second generation of Anabaptist leaders (Menno Simons, Pilgram Marpeck, Peter Reidmann and others. The reality is, Michael's most famous literary work was his majority of influence on "The Schleitheim Confession." These 7 articles from this "Brotherly Union" were able to shape history for us Anabaptists, and the many forms our free church takes today. I was especially encouraged to read through the early letters, tracts and theological viewpoints of Michael Sattler as they are most literally translated by John H. Yoder. If you are interested in the beginning days of Anabaptist history, the thoughts of Michael Sattler and his infulence on the radically charged Anabaptist movement - than this book is for you.
This Volume represents a fair translation of all of the documents known to be written by Sattler, several which were obviously written by someone else and later attributed to him (but as such provide windows into the movement of which Sattler was such an important leader), and a few about which we are unsure. It also contains a number of documents written to or about Sattler, allowing a fuller picture of the man, his life, his interactions with others, and of course his martyr's death. This volume is a valuable source book to those studying Anabaptist and Swiss Reformation history, but is also quite readable and accessible, and as most of the writing is on christian living, could actually serve well as devotional reading. I certainly recommend this volume.