A Church for the Elite and Fast Movers

In the quotes below Hughes Oliphant Old is discussing Anabaptism in the 16th century.

“At issue in this question of believers’ baptism was an attempt to found a new church for the spiritually elite.” (Hughes Oliphant Old, The Shaping of the Reformed Baptismal Rite, p. 77)

“In Zurich, too, there was a circle of proto-Anabaptists. As in Wittenberg and Strasbourg, the circle was made up of those who were impatient with the slowness and the caution of those who were leading the Reformation…They wanted to move out and form a new church made up of those who were fully committed Christians.” (Hughes Oliphant Old, The Shaping of the Reformed Baptismal Rite, p. 87)