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By Walter Klaassen

Pilgram Marpeck used to be a super engineer and passionate theologian dedicated to justice and nonviolence. whereas hundreds of thousands died throughout the tumultuous years of the Reformation, Marpeck continuously stood as much as the ruling powers, calling for freedom of faith and separation of church and kingdom. Walter Klaassen and William Klassen, editors of The Writings of Pilgram Marpeck, have deeply mined Marpeck' s writing and discussion with different Reformation leaders putting his existence, paintings, and theology within the context of his violent, altering instances. This thorough biography indicates that Marpeck, probably greater than the other early Anabaptist determine, helped lay the theoretical and sensible foundations of the believers church. quantity forty four within the experiences in Anabaptist and Mennonite background sequence.

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12. Eduard Widmoser, Tirol A bis Z (Innsbruck: Südtirol-Verlag, 1970), 856. 13. Macek, Der Tiroler Bauernkrieg, 43. 14. Georg Mutschlechner, Erzbergbau und Bergwesen im Berggericht Rattenberg 46 Marpeck Because of their social rootlessness and economic vulnerability, as well as their feisty, independent streak, the mining communities in Tirol in the 1520s also became centres of religious agitation. The miners often were the first to accept the message of the new evangelical preachers. They participated in the popular piety of the day.

Hubmaier was the leading Anabaptist reformer of Waldshut. He had made common cause with the insurgent peasants in 1525, thus creating the link made by Ferdinand between Anabaptism and rebellion. Sattler was associated with the refusal to fight against the Turks who threatened the empire militarily. Early in 1528 there was a rumour that four thousand Anabaptists in Tirol were plotting rebellion. Sometime during the final weeks of 1527 and early 1528, Pilgram Marpeck himself joined the feared movement.

After some initial successes, that too failed. To escape capture by the soldiers of the Swabian League sent against him, Gaismair led his army south into Italy to the Republic of Venice. From there he kept plotting to invade Tirol until he was assassinated by one of Ferdinand’s henchmen in Padua in 1532. Through these turbulent years, Gaismair imagined himself a Moses preparing to lead his people into the promised land. His vision for Tirol foresaw a social order with equality for all and extensive religious reform.

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