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In the context of the Reformation movement groups appeared which regarded the baptism of children as null and void and therefore practised the baptism of responsible adults (first in Zürich in 1525; Sacrament 3.1). These were labelled pejoratively by their opponents as rebaptizers (Latin anabaptistae, catabaptistae; Anabaptists). The Latin term rebaptizare (“baptize again”; e.g Augustine, De h…

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Rothkegel, Martin, “Anabaptists”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 20 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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