Abecedarians

I learned a new word yesterday over at the Theological Word of the Day website: “Abecedarians.”

A 16th century German sect of Anabaptists led by Nicholas Storch who believed that all knowledge, even knowledge of the alphabet, prevents people from a true knowledge of God. Abecedarians believed that God would provide all necessary understanding through divine means such as visions and ecstatic experiences. According to them, all theology and “academic” learning amounted to an idolatrous abandonment of the Christian faith. Their name, Abecedarians, comes from their denial of the ABCs.

Sing with me: “Now I know my ABC’s, I guess God will not speak with me.”

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