Understanding Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture: What’s Different and Why? – Online short course

Taught by David Cramer, PhD, and Susannah Larry, PhD

Dates: Feb. 1 – March 14, 2023

Early registration deadline: Jan. 11, 2023
Final registration deadline: Jan. 25, 2023

In the 16th century, Anabaptists approached Scripture in ways that were both similar to and different from Catholics and other Protestants. This course will seek to understand those similarities and differences in light of today.

Which of those approaches might we repudiate today, or nuance, or embrace whole-heartedly? What historical and theological developments in the centuries since the 16th have influenced today’s Mennonites more profoundly than did the Reformation?  

Short course students are expected to read assigned materials and complete short assignments, writing in an online discussion forum. Students manage their own time to meet weekly assignment deadlines. 

This course includes an optional evening video conference meeting with one or both professors each week of the course. They will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday evenings throughout the six-week course. The meetings will be recorded for participants who aren’t able to attend.


Anabaptist Short Course Bundle discount!

Only $995 total for four Anabaptist short courses. Register online and select the bundle price.

*NOTE: Resisting Christian Nationalism with the Gospel of Peace is not included in the Anabaptist Short Course Bundle.

How short courses work

Courses are offered online and last six weeks each. Short course students are expected to complete coursework on their own and post to an online forum weekly. These short courses also include optional, weekly, live video conversations which are typically recorded for class members who cannot attend.

Short courses explore topics like Anabaptist history, biblical study, spiritual and ethical issues, worship, and more. These non-credit courses involve readings from textbooks and online articles and include written forum discussion. You won’t receive a grade, but readings and discussion are comparable to seminary-level work, and professors assume you have critical thinking skills and some previous academic study.

More details

Visit the short course details page for more information about what to expect from a short course, how you can get CEUs, and what technology requirements you’ll need to participate in an online course.

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