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Menn 100 - week 1

  1. 1. AN INTRODUCTION TO MENNONITE STUDIES MENN 100
  2. 2. Short Intro to the Mennonites MENN 100
  3. 3. Who are the Mennonites? Descendants of a group of so-called “Radical Reformers” from the 16th-c. European Reformation
  4. 4. Who are the Mennonites? Known today in North America more popularly for their foodways, culture, music and coral singing, religious characteristics, pacifism, and rural lifestyle
  5. 5. Who are the Mennonites? Population: ①  Fraser Valley – 18,000
  6. 6. Mennonites in the Fraser Valley
  7. 7. Who are the Mennonites? Population: ①  Fraser Valley – 18,000 ②  British Columbia – 25,000
  8. 8. Mennonites in British Columbia
  9. 9. Who are the Mennonites? Population: ①  Fraser Valley – 18,000 ②  British Columbia – 25,000 ③  Canada – 136,000
  10. 10. Mennonites in Canada
  11. 11. Who are the Mennonites? Population: ①  Fraser Valley – 18,000 ②  British Columbia – 25,000 ③  Canada – 136,000 ④  United States – 387,000
  12. 12. Who are the Mennonites? Population: ①  Fraser Valley – 18,000 ②  British Columbia – 25,000 ③  Canada – 136,000 ④  United States – 387,000 ⑤  Worldwide – 1.6 million
  13. 13. Who are the Mennonites? Dutch Mennonite schisms Approximately 30 identifiable Mennonite groups in North America and approximately 100 larger national bodies worldwide
  14. 14. Expectations and Themes of the Course MENN 100
  15. 15. Course Expectations…Or, Why take Mennonite Studies? !  !  !  !  Understanding Mennonite history leads to a greater appreciation for Mennonite values and actions Exploring issues of Mennonite identity will raise the difficult socio-economic, political, and religious questions The Mennonite story is (or can be) part of our collective memory Doing history helps us to more favourably make history, i.e. history functions as inspiration
  16. 16. Mennonite Studies Sources & Resources MENN 100
  17. 17. Historiography Roth, John D. "Recent Currents in the Historiography of the Radical Reformation." Church History 71, no. 3 (September 2002): 523-36. "  "  Begins with analysis of Harold S. Bender’s The Anabaptist Vision Identifies current historiographical trends including moving beyond “ radical” and “polygenesis” interpretations
  18. 18. Historiography Stayer, James M. Werner Packull, and Klaus Deppermann. "From Monogenesis to Polygenesis: The Historical Discussion of Anabaptist Origins." Mennonite Quarterly Review 59 (1975): 83-121. "  "  Suggested that there were multiple origins (“polygenesis”) of Anabaptism rather than a single, Swiss origin Three implications: ①  Anabaptism proper could not be measured by the Swiss Brethren ②  The definition of “Anabaptist” broadened ③  The tenets and practices of Anabaptism became less easily defined
  19. 19. Mennonite Historical Surveys Smith, C. Henry. Smith's Story of the Mennonites, rev. and exp. by Cornelius Krahn, 5th ed., Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1981. "  Considered a classic and monumental achievement "  Yet, criticized for disregarding issues of theology, philosophy, ethics, piety, and community
  20. 20. Mennonite Historical Surveys Loewen, Harry and Steven Nolt, Through Fire and Water: An Overview of Mennonite History, 2nd ed. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 2010. "  Most readable and “confessional” of the surveys "  More for high school students and lay readers
  21. 21. Mennonite Historical Surveys Dyck, Cornelius. An Introduction to Mennonite History, 3rd ed. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1993. "  Best middle-ground text "  Allows for the most insight into the “inner workings” of the Mennonite community
  22. 22. Pre-Anabaptist Origins Davis, Kenneth R. Anabaptism and Asceticism: A Study in Intellectual Origins. Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History, Vol. 16. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1974. "  Anabaptism was influenced by German Mysticism, the devotio moderna, and Erasmian Humanism
  23. 23. Pre-Anabaptist Origins Packull, Werner O. Mysticism and the Early South German-Austrian Anabaptist Movement, 1525-1531. Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History, Vol. 19. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1977. "  South German-Austrian Anabaptism was influenced by the Theologia Deutsch and German Mysticism
  24. 24. Pre-Anabaptist Origins Snyder, C. Arnold. "The Monastic Origins of Swiss Anabaptist Sectarianism." Mennonite Quarterly Review 57, no. 1 (January 1983): 5-26. "  The distinctives of the Swiss Brethren are derived from Benedictinism
  25. 25. Anabaptist Origins Williams, George H. The Radical Reformation, 3rd ed. Kirksville, MO: Sixteenth Century Publishers, 1992. "  Broadened the Anabaptist movement to include many leaders who were neglected until then
  26. 26. Anabaptist Origins Estep, William R. The Anabaptist Story: An Introduction to SixteenthCentury Anabaptism. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1996. "  Very readable overview of Anabaptist origins from a nonMennonite historian
  27. 27. Anabaptist Origins Weaver, J. Denny. Becoming Anabaptist: The Origins and Significance of Sixteenth-Century Anabaptism, 2nd ed. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 2006. "  a well-organized and readable text that was the first to account for the polygenesis interpretation
  28. 28. Anabaptist Origins Snyder, C. Arnold. Anabaptist History and Theology: An Introduction. Kitchener, ON: Pandora Press, 1995. "  Has the distinct objective of providing a synthesis of the polygenesis origins and a core set of beliefs and practices
  29. 29. Anabaptist People Goertz, Hans-Jürgen, ed. Profiles of Radical Reformers. Trans. Walter Klaassen. Kitchener, ON: Herald Press, 1982. "  includes 21 biographical sketches of Radical Reformers
  30. 30. Anabaptist People Snyder, C. Arnold and Linda Huebert Hecht, eds. Profiles of Anabaptist Women. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1996. "  includes 25 biographical sketches and highlights contributions of Anabaptist women
  31. 31. Russian Experience Kroeker, Wally. An Introduction to the Russian Mennonites. The Global Church series. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2005. "  Concise (122 pp.) and very readable introduction to Mennonites in Russia and their migration to North and South America
  32. 32. Russian Experience Urry, James. None but Saints: The Transformation of Mennonite Life in Russia, 1789-1889, 2nd ed. Kitchener, ON: Pandora Press, 2007. "  Scholarly, well-documented treatment of the Mennonites’ first 100 years in Russia "  Gives adequate attention to the economic, social, and political infrastructure of the colonies
  33. 33. Mennonites in Canada Epp, Frank H. (Vols. 1 & 2) and T.D. Regehr (Vol. 3), Mennonites in Canada, 1786-1920, 1920-1940, 1939-1970. 3 Vols. Toronto: Macmillan; U. of Toronto Press, 1974, 1982, 1996. "  A very comprehensive, well-documented, scholarly three-volume outline of Mennonites in Canada from segregation and self-preservation to acculturation and integration
  34. 34. Russian Experience Lehn, Cornelia. Frontier Challenge: A Story of the Conference of Mennonites in British Columbia. Clearbrook, BC: Conference of Mennonites in BC, 1990. "  A readable yet informative outline of the history of Mennonites in British Columbia from settlement until after WWII
  35. 35. Global Mennonitism & Multicuralism Global Mennonite History series. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2006-2011. "  A series that is partly academic and partly layeducational that outlines the history of Mennonites on every continent
  36. 36. Anabaptist-Mennonite Primary Sources Classics of the Radical Reformation. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1973– . "  The most comprehensive series of early Anabaptist writings in English translation
  37. 37. Anabaptist-Mennonite Primary Sources Wenger, J.C., ed. The Complete Writings of Menno Simons. Leonard Verduin, trans. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1956. "  A sizable single tome that includes every extant writing of Menno Simons
  38. 38. Anabaptist-Mennonite Thought Roth, John D. Beliefs: Mennonite Faith and Practice. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 2005. "  A concise and engaging introduction to Mennonite beliefs "  Focuses on a Mennonite understanding of biblical interpretation, baptism, discipleship, and a visible church
  39. 39. Anabaptist-Mennonite Identity Kauffman, J. Howard and Leo Driedger. The Mennonite Mosaic: Identity and Modernization. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1991. "  Outlines conclusions on beliefs, practices, and social attitudes of Mennonites after increased acculturation "  Weighs factors that have impacted fidelity to original Anabaptist beliefs / practices
  40. 40. Mennonites and Peace Sampson, Cynthia and John Paul Lederach. From the Ground Up: Mennonite Contributions to International Peacebuilding. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. "  A compilation of essays on recent Mennonite involvement in peacemaking efforts around the world
  41. 41. Mennonites, Economics, & Social Justice Redekop, Calvin, Victor A. Krahn, and Samuel J. Steiner, eds. Anabaptist/Mennonite Faith and Economics. Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1994. "  Excellent comprehensive resource on Mennonites and economics throughout its 500-year history "  Looks at the economy and various Anabaptist-Mennonite issues based on geography, different eras, and various historical circumstances
  42. 42. Mennonites and Politics Urry, James. Mennonites, Politics, and Peoplehood: Europe-RussiaCanada 1525 to 1980. Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba Press, 2006. "  A scholarly exploration of Anabaptist-Mennonite involvement in politics and struggle to understand the appropriate apprehension of power
  43. 43. Mennonites and Ecology Redekop, Calvin W., ed. Creation and the Environment: An Anabaptist Perspective on the Sustainable World. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000. "  A compilation of essays that explore Anabaptist-Mennonite approaches to environmental care
  44. 44. Mennonites and Literature Neufeld, Elsie K., ed. Half in the Sun: An Anthology of Mennonite Writing. Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 2006. "  An anthology of short writings by Mennonites who currently reside in BC "  Each author explores themes related to Mennonite life, culture, struggles, and accomplishments
  45. 45. Anabaptist-Mennonite Reference Works Bender, Harold S. and C. Henry Smith, eds., The Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vols. 1–4. Herald Press, 1955–1959; Dyck, Cornelius J. and Dennis D. Martin, eds., The Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1990. "  The standard and comprehensive reference work on Anabaptist-Mennonite topics "  Includes 13,688 articles by 2,700 contributors in the original first four volumes and 1,000 more, plus updates, in the fifth volume "  All articles and some additions are on www.gameo.org (Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online)
  46. 46. Anabaptist-Mennonite Journals Mennonite Quarterly Review "  An interdisciplinary Anabaptist-Mennonite founded in 1927 that is the most scholarly and reputable of the journals Conrad Grebel Review "  A journal from Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, ON that is interdisciplinary and more theological in focus Journal of Mennonite Studies "  A journal founded in 1983 by the Chair of Mennonite Studies at the University of Winnipeg to address Mennonite topics, mostly dealing with contemporary North American themes
  47. 47. Anabaptist-Mennonite Classics Braght, Thieleman J. van. Martyrs Mirror: The Story of Seventeen Centuries of Christian Martyrdom From the Time of Christ to A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1938. "  A very large tome (originally 1290 pages) of Christian martyrs since the early Church, first published in 1660 by Tieleman van Braght (1625-64) "  Over half gives accounts of 803 Anabaptist martyrs up to the year 1660 "  Also includes 104 copper etchings by Jan Luyken (1649-1712)

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