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Franz Joseph Helferich, once a Catholic priest, became a Protestant pastor at Beedenkirchen, Hesse, Germany. He wrote the booklet, Die Kindertaufe oder eine offenherzige Ansprache an die Mennoniten Deutschlands von einem Freunde des HinansKommens zu einerlei Glaube und Erkenntnis des Sohnes Gottes (Mainz, 1865), of 28 pages, in which he discusses baptism from the Protestant viewpoint and makes an unskilled attempt to refute the Mennonite position, and then urges the Mennonites to join the state church in order to strengthen it in its common struggle against Rationalism.


Fischer, Wilhelm. Pfarrer Helferich, ein rheinhessischer Glaubenszeuge. Darmstadt.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 280.

Mennonitische Blätter (1865): 77; (1866): 13, where counter arguments are presented; also the booklet by Wilhelm Fisch¬er, .

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1956

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Neff, Christian. "Helferich, Franz Joseph (1806-1881)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 28 May 2016.,_Franz_Joseph_(1806-1881)&oldid=95173.

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Neff, Christian. (1956). Helferich, Franz Joseph (1806-1881). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 May 2016, from,_Franz_Joseph_(1806-1881)&oldid=95173.

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