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Valentin Gredig, of Savoy, one of the members of the early Swiss Brethren congregation in Zürich, was imprisoned on 8 February 1525, with eight other Anabaptists and released on bail of 1,000 guilders. Soon afterward he was again in prison. In his cross-examination on 16 March 1525, he stated that he had been moved to accept baptism only on the basis of the simple Word of God, which clearly says, "Go ye to all peoples, teach and baptize"; but as to attacking the government, or advocating that it be removed, such an idea had never entered his mind, for he well knew that there must be a government. In reply to the question whether a Christian might bear the sword, he said he would leave it to God, and did not want to interfere with His power. Giving tithes and taxes, he considered right. The baptism instituted by the Almighty he held to be the true baptism; but since his arrest he had baptized nobody. In August 1525 he was arrested the third time, and confessed that he had baptized his wife upon her request. Nothing more is known of him.

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Egli, Emil. Actensammlung zur Geschichte der Züricher Reformation. Zürich, 1879: Nos. 636 f., 674 f., 795.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 169.

Keller, Ludwig. Die Reformation und die älteren Reformparteien: in ihrem Zusammenhange dargestellt. Leipzig: S. Hirzel, 1885: 398.


Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1956


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Neff, Christian. "Gredig, Valentin (16th century)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 25 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Gredig,_Valentin_(16th_century)&oldid=94928.

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Neff, Christian. (1956). Gredig, Valentin (16th century). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Gredig,_Valentin_(16th_century)&oldid=94928.




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