Temperance, tolerance & moderation
March 29, 2023
“Temperance, tolerance, and moderation” has been a catch phrase emerging from over three centuries of denominational DNA. Though unable to pinpoint the exact moment it was coined, the embodiment of its ideals is deeply engrained in low church theologies of Anabaptism and Pietism, both owing much to the Radical Reformation gaining a toe-hold in Western Europe. As literal ‘re-baptizers,’ Anabaptists and Pietists were often subjected to torture and sometimes death for practicing believer’s (adult) baptism and for having the audacity to study scripture in their own homes, something...