More than a collection of articles, this book traces the stages of a life path. By bringing together contributions written throughout his teaching career, Neal Blough offers us an original look at themes that have occupied his research and thinking to this day.
The approach is that of a historian, who allows himself (and the reader will appreciate) to do the work of a theologian. The articles in this volume demonstrate how primarily historical research, focusing on the roots of Anabaptist movements within the Reforms of the 16th century ("History"), helped to shed light on the foundations of a theology (“Identity”); the objective is not to lock oneself in a proud ivory tower, but to better enter into debate with other theological currents in the Christian world (“Dialogue”).
The Churches resulting from the Reforms of the 16th century too often resorted to coercion to assert, defend and impose their convictions. In this volume, the author proposes a way to rather “beat their swords into plowshares”, for the good of all. And let each Church, therefore, “lift up sword no more against another, nor learn war any more” (Micah 4.3).
Author: Neal Blough