Old School Anabaptists: Hans Denck (1500-1527)

This is the first post of an on going and fairly random series called ‘Old School Anabaptists.’  The hope is that this series will be an introduction to some of the interesting, strange, and profoundly foundational writings authored by forefathers and participants of the 16th century Anabaptist movement.


Hans Denck on Love and the Law:

Love is the whole of the Law that no one can understand or practice too profoundly or too perfectly.  And whoever daily matures in Love does not thereby add to the Law, but properly fulfills it.  Love consists in recognizing and loving God and learning to surrender and to yield for his sake all precious things that are humanly attractive to mankind.  And again, [this means] to accept and bear in the love of God all things that are contrary to one’s materiality.  From this one may readily understand that in the old and new Law (as they are called) there is no more than one Love, except that in the new it has been most superbly explained and proven to God’s people through Jesus the helper. 

From “The Spiritual Legacy of Hans Denck” Interpreted by Clarence Bauman, page 191.

How do you surrender and yield to the call to Love as Jesus Loved in your particular context?


  1. Jamie Arpin-Ricci · September 27, 2012

    In reading this, it is not hard to see the monastic roots of early Anabaptism.

    • Chris Lenshyn · September 27, 2012

      Totally! Soooooo many connections to monasticism.

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