Anabaptism on the rise and decline
One of my friends just returned from Prague. He is doing a Ph.D. through a seminary out there. One of the observations he made was about how popular anabaptist thought was out there. It is weird because most of the Mennonites of Canada have been absorbed in to conservative evangelicalism. If they have changed in any direction they have become more pragmatic. In Saskatoon two of four of my denomination’s churches are hard core Saddleback. So much so that their logos have diamonds in them. I was looking for some design inspiration so I visited every church website in my denomination and found a number of churches advertising for the 40 days of purpose.
It is sad that my faith tradition has forgotten it’s tradition even as it is gaining interest from unlikely places. I wear the lable Postmodern/Emerging but the label I’m the most comfortable with is Anabaptist. I imagine there are a lot of people that could find incredible richness in the traditions and theology of their denominations. Would Wesley recognize the Methodists? Would Luther recognize the Lutherans?