On 9 June 1527, Kautz attached seven Anabaptist theses on the door of the Dominican Church, inviting to a public debate on June 13. Whereas Hege held that these theses differed from the views of Denck, Goeters states that Denck was the very father of Kautz's theses. The disputation was not held in the way Kautz wished, because the Reformed (Lutheran) pastors, either for the safety of their church or for political reasons, were not inclined to participate. The result was that on June 13 Kautz and other preachers gave a free testimony and broad explanation of their Anabaptist views to a large attendance. Thereupon both the Lutheran pastors and the Catholics tried to stop the movement. The Catholics denounced the theses to the Palatine Elector, saying that Kautz's ideas concerning baptism and communion were a horror for all true Christians. The Lutheran preachers of Worms, Ulrich Preu and Johann Freiherr, replied to Kautz's theses with "seven articles," which had been promulgated by the press. On 1 July the city council of Worms resolved to banish Kautz and Hilarius from the town. The next day the Reformed preachers of Strasbourg, who had anxiously followed developments at Worms, published Getrewe Warnung der Prediger des Evangely zu Strassburg über die Artickel, so ]akob Kautz, Prediger zu Wormbs, kürzlich hat lassen ausgehen. About the same time Denck and Haetzer also left the city. Rinck had already been banished. After the Anabaptist leaders had been removed from the stage, Anabaptism in Worms soon declined, though a congregation still seems to have existed for a short while.
Fellmann, W. Hans Dench, Schriften, 2. Teil. Gütersloh, 1956: 13 f.
Goeters, J. F. Gerhard. Ludwig Hätzer. Gütersloh, 1957: 97-99, 104-9.
Hege, Christian. Die Täufer in der Kurpfalz. Frankfurt, 1908: 34 ff.
Krebs, Manfred. Quellen zur Geschichte der Täufer. IV. Band, Baden and Pfalz. Gütersloh: C. Bertelsmann, 1951: No. 129.
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