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Dalzell, Timothy Wayne, The Anabaptist Purity of Life Ethic.
Doctor of Philosophy (History), May, 1985, 328 pp., biblio-
graphy, 404 titles.
This dissertation establishes that the Evangelical Ana-
baptists lived a noticeably distinctive Christian life when
compared with their peers, accounts for their committed pur-
suit of holiness, and describes the outcome of that commit-
ment. The sources used include the arranged archival source
material in the Tauferakten, confessions, tracts, letters,
debates, martyrologies, miscellaneous writings of the Ana-
baptists, and subsequent scholarship on the subject. The
first two chapters describe the character of the Anabaptists
and their contemporaries. The Anabaptists emerge as charac-
terized by living by a distinctive purity of life ethic. Ap-
proval of this kind of life was not unanimous, for Anabaptists
drew responses ranging from admiration, respect, and imitation
to disparagement, persecution, and capital punishment. Ana-
baptists cited their critics' way of life as an indictment
against them, arguing that their ungodly conduct proved the
inadequacy of their faith. The next three chapters discuss
the bases upon which Anabaptists established their pursuit
of holiness. Anabaptists began with strong statements about
the Bible. Scripture was their supreme authority, and it was
inerrant and thereby trustworthy• Since the Bible could be
interpreted by the believer, there was no excuse for failing
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