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From the Author
A second, revised, and expanded edition of Becoming Anabaptist is evidence that the first edition has garnered a certain amount of respect. A second, revised edition also indicates that the useful life of the first edition has ended. Conversations with colleagues who have used the book, whether in classroom teaching or in congregational settings, revealed significant interest in a new edition. I am grateful that Herald Press staff agreed with that assessment, and it has been a pleasure to work with Levi Miller in producing this edition.
The two editions of this book stand as bookends to my career. The first edition was my first book and came relatively early in my professional career. The second edition comes quite near the end of my teaching career. Much has happened in between. On the side of Anabaptist scholarship, there were a number of revisions and additions to the "polygenesis" school of thought, which shaped the first edition. The current edition has incorporated much from those efforts to go "beyond" polygenesis. The effort to move beyond polygenesis has also provoked a new debate about the significance and meaning of Anabaptism. I have not pursued that debate in the five chapters of the book, but interested readers may engage it in the interpretive essay in the appendix.