Somebody left this comment in response to Dean Taylor’s “Essence of Anabaptism,”: “Anabaptist theologian Herold Bender encourages Anabaptists to consider reading Church fathers such as Augustine and others. Anabaptists have a general assumption that they can escape from any tradition and teaching. But basically church fathers are also a cloud of witnesses or community of believers who really took faith seriously. We can get a tremendous help from them. So rather than dichotomizing Anabaptist tradition and the church history and tradition, they need to learn from others too.” In this episode of Ask Anabaptist Perspectives Anything, Kyle Stoltzfus and Stephen Russell respond.
Stephen Russell earned a degree in European Studies at George Mason University (1986-1988), and an M.A. in Church History and Theology at Wheaton Graduate School (1989). His voluntary service experiences include two summers in Germany (1978, 1982), Choice Books (1981), and a halfway house for parolees (1980). He taught in Christian schools for five years and worked at Choice Books for seventeen years. During a seven month stay in Israel (2006), he wrote a book on nonresistance, Overcoming Evil God’s Way.Read More