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Peter Riedemann

Detail of the Schloss Ort from the plate entitled Gmunden in Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol 5. Drawn by Georg Hoefnagel, engraved by Simon van den Neuwel and published by Georg Braun, 1598, Cologne.

1500s engraving of Schloss Ort in Gmunden, Upper Austria.

Peter Riedemann (1506-1556) was an Anabaptist minister at a time when these church reformers were being drowned, beheaded, and burned at the stake by the thousand for their commitment to believers’ baptism, nonviolence, economic sharing, and the restoration of a New Testament Christianity free from state control. One of the most articulate and biblically grounded voices of the Radical Reformation, he was only twenty-three when he penned a confession of faith, now published in English as Love Is Like Fire, in the gloom of an Austrian castle tower. Riedemann died at a Hutterian intentional community in Slovakia at the age of fifty, having spent a total of nine years in prison for his faith.