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The Theology: Anabaptism


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The primary identifier I’ve come to use of my theology is “Anabaptist.” At the heart of Anabaptism is the idea that Christianity is a radical discipleship centred on the person of Jesus. All of life is to be seen in terms of this apprenticeship to Jesus, leading to positions including absolute non-violence (not passivity, but nonviolent peacemaking solutions) and baptism as a public declaration of a decision to follow Jesus rather than as a sacrament.

On this blog I pair that with the word “redux.” After getting the suggestion via the MennoNerds Facebook group, I Googled the use of the term since I hadn’t really run into it all that often, although I appreciated the nerdiness of it. According to Wikipedia, it means “brought back, restored” but what caught me even more was this line:

The term has been adopted by filmmakers to denote a new interpretation of an existing work.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redux_(literary_term)

Yes, I am an Anabaptist, but I am also an Anabaptist 500 years after the first to carry that label. I’m definitely using it to mean their core themes but also some things applying very differently for my very different context. Redux works for that idea. This blog is my attempt at offering a new interpretation for what it means to be an Anabaptist, restoring those themes for a new context. I’m not being that original, I will freely admit. I’m obviously most heavily inspired by Jesus, but by the Anabaptist approach to Jesus in particular. I’m an Anabaptist… Redux.

The Purpose

There are a few reasons why I take the time and effort to blog:

  1. Most importantly, I write to try to helped the spiritual walks of my readers. The most rewarding parts of the blog are when people tell me that something I wrote has helped them one way or another draw closer to God and play their part in embodying the Kingdom.
  2. I enjoy educating because I enjoy learning and I know a lot of others out there are like me. I am wired to ask questions. I don’t do well with being told that something is just the way it is and we have to accept it. I hope to help those others who also like to ask questions and then encourage them and myself to go do something practical with that faith.
  3. It allows me an opportunity to work out a lot of my own thoughts on different issues. That was how this all started a few years ago – as a sort of intellectual journal. Then I realized that other people benefited from and enjoyed it so I stepped up the pace and tried to write more in a way that could help them better.

The Author: Ryan Robinson

There are a few guest posts, but the majority of the posts to this blog are from me, Ryan Robinson. My full time job is with the Canadian Bible Society as the Digital Development Coordinator, and some of my writing to appear here will be variations on things I wrote there. I am educated with a Master of Divinity from Queen’s School of Religion as well as a Bachelor of Computing. Along with theological writing and other church involvement, I love to tinker with all kinds of technology.