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Mere Comments: The Neo-Anabaptist Temptation

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Today at Mere Comments I highlight what I’m calling the “Neo-Anabaptist temptation.”

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Jordan J. Ballor Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty, where he also serves as executive editor the Journal of Markets & Morality. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012) and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as well as editor of numerous works, including Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology. Jordan is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary. He has authored articles in academic publications such as The Journal of Religion, Scottish Journal of Theology, Reformation & Renaissance Review, and Journal of Scholarly Publishing, and has written popular pieces for newspapers including the Detroit News, Orange County Register, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In 2006, Jordan was profiled in the book, The Relevant Nation: 50 Activists, Artists And Innovators Who Are Changing The World Through Faith. Jordan's scholarly interests include Reformation studies, church-state relations, theological anthropology, social ethics, theology and economics, and research methodology. Jordan is a member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), and he resides in Jenison, Michigan with his wife and three children.



  • Roger McKinney

    I don’t think it’s fair to Anabaptists to take one feature of their movement, pacifism, and label another group as neo-Anabaptist because they agree with one feature even though they disagree on everything else.

    I don’t want to try to separate the wheat from the tares, but I’m suspicious of evangelicals who go “neo-Anabaptist”. Socialists call themselves everything but socialist in an attempt to deceive the gullible. I think a lot of theologically liberal people are calling themselves evangelical for similar reasons. There is no way that Jim Wallis is an evangelical.