Felix Manz was the first martyr of the Radical Reformation, drowned by his fellow Christians for performing adult baptisms. His story is a story of a world on fire with commitment to Christ, with friends who became enemies wrestling over nonviolence, justice for the poor, and the meaning of the gospel. Pete and Susannah discuss what his time has to say to ours.
Then, they catch up with Rachel Pieh Jones, whose eighteen years living among Somali Muslims has taught her more than she could have imagined about her own Christian faith. Her book, Pillars, released recently with Plough Books, describes this journey of friendship and discovery.
Pete and Susannah also talk about Bruderhof Easter Gardens, and almost-post-vaccination life in New York City.
I. Pioneer of the Radical Reformation: Why the story of 16th century martyr Felix Manz still has resonance today (1:19)
II. Intermezzo: The Plough social world (25:00)
III. Learning from Muslims to be Christian: We talk with Plough author Rachel Pieh Jones about her new book Pillars (28:50)
IV. Recommendations (49:10)
Rachel Pieh Jones, Pillars
Rachel Pieh Jones, Stronger Than Death
Rachel Pieh Jones, Call to Prayer, Call to Bread
Susannah Black & Jason Landsel, Felix Manz
Samuel Kimbriel and Osita Nwanevu, The Democracy Essays
Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, The Gospels, translated by Sarah Ruden for Modern Library