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The Reformers and their Stepchildren [Paperback]

By Mr. Leonard Verduin (Author)
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Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 19, 1964
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802847803  
EAN  9780802847805  

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This classic book is a brilliant and well-documented work that reveals the tension between the church and Christendom. Verduin shows how the American concept of separation of church and state is the result of pioneering done by the "stepchildren" of the R

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Freedom!  May 1, 2007
Since time immemorial man has had the God-given drive to be free. Afterall the primairy obligation of man to believe in Christ is impossible unless he experiences in his heart freedom of conscience.
Jesus Christ came to set man free - free from sin and free to choose. Verduin shows how it was Jesus himself Who laid the foundation for freedom of religion and how his faithful followers have always been guardians of this right even to the point of paying the highest price.
This is really is a wonderful book for anybody who cherishes this foundational and God-given right. If you like this book you certainly also want to read The Anatomy of A Hybrid in which Verduin shows in a structured and comprehensive way how God has introduced this right in the world.
The Real Reformers  Jul 17, 2003
This is must reading for anyone fed up with political Christianity. Verduin unmasks many of the myths about the Reformation which the mainstream Protestant churches fail to teach.
"Stepchildren" is a term Verduin uses to designate the more radical front of the Reformation which was later scorned and persecuted by the officially sanctioned Protestant churches. Verduin avoids the term "Anabaptist" because this underground dissent of Christendom went all the way back to the days of Constantine and had no official founder or name. Known throughout the centuries as Donatists, Waldenses, Cathars, or Anabaptists,the "stepchildren" had the greatest influence in securing the religious liberties we enjoy today.
Verduin spares no criticism of the Reformers, ie Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli, who merely replaced Roman Catholic theocracy with one of their own. Originally allied with the "stepchildren", the Reformers became their bitterest enemies when they allied themselves with the governing authorities and used civil and military force to coerce believers.
It was the "stepchildren", many of whom emigrated to the American colonies, and not the Reformers, who had the greatest influence upon religious freedom and separation of church and state which was later incorporated into the First Ammendment of our Constitution. The First Ammendment, once and for all, ended the notion that America would ever become a "Sacral" or theocratic society tied together by one religion.
A valuable history of pre-Reformation Christians  Jan 11, 2003
Around 10 years ago I borrowed a copy of this book to read.
After reading it once I borrowed it again to re-read. The author
did a great service in uncovering the European historical records on Christian sects which, during the 400AD to post-Reformation period, were accused as 'heretics' by the 'church'(the one wielding worldly power and influence). It is an excellent scholarly book(the author has the entire text and footnotes in the original languages) covering in detail much of the historical context for the doctrinal fight which the followers of Jesus Christ have had in 'contending the faith' since the Apostle-age. Highly recommended!!- and I hope it's obvious historical value can merit a reprinting.
Finding the Thread of Christianity in History  Oct 25, 2000
Reverend Leonard Verduin devoted his life to serving the Lord. He died in Nov., 1999, at the age of 102, still working on his writing until the last couple of months of a rich, God-Fearing life. This is just one of the books he wrote in an effort to inform his fellow-man of the true history of Christianity since Jesus Christ brought Salvation to this world. Leonard was a Fulbright scholar who not only spent a full year researching the original ancient and pre-modern records in Europe, but also devoted decades to research in many facets of history and other subjects. He had a truly idetic memory and could perfectly recall everything he ever read. He was a brilliant linguist, who read the texts in their original forms. He translated many works. He dedicated his life to the Lord at an early age and steadfastly held to the course. If you want to truly understand Christianity's history, this book is a must-read, together with his book published in 1998, "That First Amendment and the Remnant". His other works are also first-rate!
The Roots of American Hillbilly Religion  Apr 14, 2000
If you ever wondered where Theonomists, Christian Reconstructionists and other right wing civil-violence supporting movements came from this is a must read book. Verduin successfully seperates the wheat of peaceful Christianity from the chaff of civil-religion and demonstrates how vastly more wise step-children can be from parents. Anyone who has ever been surrounded by a person who believed they had a divine mission to govern the world will get a kick out of this book (no pun intended). A must read for religious libertarians, but be prepared to have your saints soiled. "The Reformers and Their Stepchildren," reads like a horticultural digest, and Verduin, the Sunday morning tv-religion gardening expert, demonstrates that in the war between weeds and crops, you better be scared. Whether you're Christian, Jewish, Sikh or Confucian, the weeds and flowers raised in this garden are perennial. -Two Thumbs Up for the Flowers

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