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Freitäufer was a designation for those persons in the era of the Reformation who neither championed nor rejected infant baptism, asserting that the Holy Scriptures neither forbade nor commanded the bap­tism of infants. The name was first used by Bishop Aug. Marius of Brod to refer to Oecolampadius, the local reformer, who at first did not take a clear posi­tion on the question. The term was not widely used in the literature of the 16th century.


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Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 700 f.

Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published 1956

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