Living in the World

How Conservative Mennonites Preserved the Anabaptism of the Sixteenth Century

By Ronald C. Jantz

Living in the World

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  • ISBN: 9781725273573
  • Pages: 212
  • Publication Date: 5/1/2020
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Living in the World

How Conservative Mennonites Preserved the Anabaptism of the Sixteenth Century

By Ronald C. Jantz

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  • ISBN: 9781725273573
  • Pages: 212
  • Publication Date: 5/1/2020
  • Retail Price: $26.00
Web Price: $20.80
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About-

In the pages of this book, the reader will experience the religious adventure of Anabaptism and

appreciate the core principles of nonconformity and nonresistance. This narrative history will impart

an understanding of how a little-known group of Mennonites migrated through the countries of

Western Europe, ultimately to bring a unique way of life to the Great Plains of America. Today, these

people hope to live apart from the world as the Holdeman people or, more formally, the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“In a compelling combination of historical analysis and theological reflection, Jantz tells the story of a people who have traditionally avoided the spotlight. Weaving together the story of an ethnic/religious community caught over time in the struggle between separation and assimilation, Jantz offers an effective meditation on the insider/outsider problem of identity and the struggle to maintain core principles and values in the modern world.”

—Dugan McGinley, Rutgers University



“In Living in the World, Ronald Jantz traces the spiritual and geographic journey of the people who became the Church of God in Christ Mennonite. Along the way, he invites readers to consider with him how a tradition of nonconformity and nonresistance shaped Christian communities in the past and asks what it might mean for our contemporary context. A thoughtful meditation on faith and culture across time.”

—Steven M. Nolt, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College



“Readers of Living in the World encounter a small religious and ethnic community that has maintained—or recovered?—its identity across five centuries and countries. After examining the doctrinal elements of this identity and the migration to the community’s successive homes, the author uses his genealogical database of 6,200 names and a comparison of the founding doctrines of the Mennonites with the theology of Holdeman people today to convincingly demonstrate continuity across time.”

—James P. Niessen, Alexander Library, Rutgers University

Contributors-

Ronald C. Jantz

Bio(s)-

Ronald C. Jantz has had varied careers in science and technology at AT&T Bell Labs and as a librarian at Rutgers University. In his librarian career, he turned his research interests to organizational change and innovation in nonprofit groups. In this work, he published a book based on his PhD dissertation entitled Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library. Throughout these years, he has also pursued an interest in history and religion. As a retired Librarian Emeritus from Rutgers University, he is now turning his interest in nonprofits to religious groups with this first publication on the Anabaptists and conservative Mennonites. Ron’s life experiences bring both an intimacy and a degree of distance in his writing about the Mennonites, having lived among a mix of relatives, friends, and parents who were in and out of the Holdeman Church.

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