Swiss Brethren

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A group of Anabaptists who reintroduced believers' Baptism as the basis of Church fellowship at Zollikon (near Zurich) in 1525. The name originally designated congregations in the German-speaking areas of Switzerland, but it came to be used also of similar groups in the Austrian Tyrol, S. Germany, and Alsace. Their religious tenets were formulated in the Schleitheim Confession or ‘Brotherly Union of a Number of the Children of God’ (1527). Though they survived in Switzerland, most migrated to Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States of America, where they form part of the Mennonites.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.

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