Laura Schmidt Roberts examines Anabaptist history in journal Vision

Laura Schmidt Roberts, Ph.D., professor of biblical and theological studies, has published the article “The Workings of Tradition: from ‘Distinctives’ to a Living Tradition,” in the Spring 2024 issue of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology. The journal’s theme for the issue is “Commemorating Anabaptism’s 500 Years.” As Roberts notes in the opening of her article: “As the five-hundredth year of Anabaptism approaches, we are afforded an opportunity to recall the past in service of reflecting on what it means to be part of this particular Christian tradition today.”  Part of the Radical Reformation in 16th century Europe, Anabaptism is a Christian tradition that gave birth to Mennonites among other denominations. One group of Mennonites, the Mennonite Brethren, founded and are still affiliated with Fresno Pacific University. Vision is published semiannually by the Institute of Mennonite Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, IN) and the Centre for Faith and Life at Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg, Manitoba). The journal seeks to encourage theological reflection by church leaders on the identity, mission and practices of the church from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective. The issue is available to read and download at Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology (


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