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Nikolaus Paulus (1853-1930), a German Catholic theologian and historian, was chaplain in Molsheim 1878-1883, curate in Munich in 1885, wrote among other things the book Protestantismus und Toleranz im 16. Jahrhundert (Freiburg, 1911), with strong polemics showing the complete intolerance of the reformers, Lutheran as well as Zwinglian or Calvinist. The objections of Protestant secular and church historians could not invalidate the facts presented by Paulus; especially as Ernst Troeltsch's Soziallehren der christlichen Kirchen und Gruppen (Tübingen, 1912) created a generally favorable attitude toward the sects and free churches. Also the Bilder und Führergestalten aus dem Täufertum by Wilhelm Wiswedel (2 vv., Kassel, 1930) adopted much from Paulus.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 337.

Author(s) Eberhrard Teufel
Date Published 1959

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Teufel, Eberhrard. (1959). Paulus, Nikolaus (1853-1930). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 April 2017, from,_Nikolaus_(1853-1930)&oldid=76890.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 126. All rights reserved.

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