While in prison from 1540 to 1542, Riedemann wrote to the Lutheran ruler, Philip of Hesse, an explanation of the Hutterite goal of a renewed community, dispelling many popular misconceptions. The Hutterites quickly accepted Riedemann’s Confession as their own. He had creatively woven together a fresh reading of the Bible with the classical creeds, producing a powerful synthesis of Scripture and tradition on which to base Christian community. His dynamic vision of radical and communal discipleship still challenges believers toward greater faithfulness to the Lord and to each other. Riedemann’s Confession gives theological grounding for the Hutterite understanding of economic communalism and offers practical examples of it. This Confession still guides Hutterite communities today.
John J. Friesen gives a fresh translation of the 1565 German edition and offers a new history of Riedemann.
This work is fully annotated with an introduction to Reidmann’s life, and includes John J. Friesen’s translation of “Confession of Our Religion, Teaching, and Faith” by the Brothers known as the Hutterites.
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This volume is a comprehensive guide to daily life in the Hutterite community and is the basic charter for Hutterites even today.
—John A. Hostetler, author, Hutterite Society
Friesen deserves our gratitude for his labor of love in this modern, easy-to-read but accurate translation.
—Werner O. Packull, author, Hutterite Beginnings
The only known volume published by Hutterites in the sixteenth century. Defines the Hutterian way and presents a balanced expression of biblical theology.
—Leonard Gross, author, The Golden Years of the Hutterites
We are pleased that this account of our historical beliefs and practices is available in contemporary English. Both young and old may now read and understand this spiritual message that Riedemann wrote in his dark cell so many years ago.
—Paul S. Gross, Hutterite minister
John J. Friesen is a professor of history and theology at the Canadian Mennonite Bible College. He holds a PhD in historical theology from Northwestern University.