What follows is my hesitant attempt at distilling some of the core differences between Calvinist Christianity and Anabaptist Christianity, at least as I see it, into a simple to digest form.
Take this as a conversation starter, not a comprehensive statement. You’ll note that I have divided this up into four areas of message, teaching, practice and experience. It could be said that this is a very Anabaptist way of seeing things, given we emphasize orthopraxy as much as orthodoxy. For this I make no apologies. But I am open to dialoguing about it.
The differences I am highlighting here are more a matter of emphasis than fundamental difference, but it’s the nuances that give the different paths their different flavours. In essence, I see Calvinism as more abstract and objectivist and Anabaptism as more concrete and subjectivist. Does any of this ring true for you?