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The Radical Reformation refers to a 16th-century Christian movement that occurred simultaneously, or shortly after the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, led by people who rejected both the Roman Catholic tradition and the Protestant alternatives to it. As a consequence, they were persecuted by Catholics and Protestants alike. The Protestant reformers worked in cooperation with European governments, while the Radical reformers believed in a separation of church and state, creating what became known as the Anabaptist movement, which gave birth to the Mennonites, Amish, and Hutterites, among others. Some church historians consider the Radical Reformation to be an offshoot of the Protestant Reformation, while others consider it to be a separate movement.



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