Form of christianity dating back to luther and calvin
Zwingli, having been inspired by the writings of Luther, was a primary reformer in Zurich, who believed that, in order to implement the new church, the authority lay with the State.
Hence, the reformation took longer than Zwingli’s students would have liked.
As a response, these radicals met at the village of Zollikon that evening – 17 January 1524 – where they baptized each other.
Despite calling themselves the Swiss Brethren, they were labeled ‘Anabaptist’, a derogatory term “applied to those who believed that only adults able to make a profession of faith may be baptized”.
Felix Mantz owned the house outside of which the first Anabaptists were baptized.
Along with Grebel, Mantz studied under Zwingli, who even commended Mantz on his grasp on Hebrew.
Slowly he and a small following separated themselves and held services of communion independently.
Grebel was totally pacifist, “a consequence of Grebel’s still more basic conviction as to the captaincy of Christ over the true recruited for service as a suffering church, making an ideal of absolute nonviolence”.
A smart, wealthy man, Grebel eventually began to question Zwingli’s teachings.Mantz continued to grow in popularity and influence, developing his radical theology, despite his ideas being rejected.