I recently finished a thought-provoking book called The Naked Anabaptist by Stuart Murray. I loved the depth of history and unique perspective the book provides. Some of the layout of the chapters seemed odd to me (like the history of the movement in the second to last chapter and the last chapter focused on issues with Anabaptism). It is easy to get confused with this topic. One immediately jumps to ideas of Amish or Mennonites or other unique experiences. Instead of thinking of Anabaptism as a denomination in and of itself, think of it as a tradition of Christianity. In that light there are some intriguing notes to study. Murray explains it this way:
In many nations, then, not only in Britain and Ireland, there are growing numbers of neo-Anabaptists and hyphenated Anabaptists. Neo-Anabaptists identify with the Anabaptist tradition and are happy to be known as Anabaptists, but have no historic or cultural links with any Anabaptist-related denomination. Hyphenated Anabaptists find inspiration and resources in the Anabaptist tradition, but do not identify themselves as Anabaptists. They might be Baptist-Anabaptists, Methodist-Anabaptists, Anglican-Anabaptists, Pentecostal-Anabaptists, or various other combinations.
I think the biggest surprise of the book to me was how much I already agreed with without realizing it. It seemed that much of it focused, both historically and currently, on nonviolence, believer’s baptism, and community.