Cathedrals, Castles, & Caves follows the timeline from Christ to the birth of Anabaptism. Catch a glimpse of why men such as Felix Manz and Conrad Grebel were willing to lay down their lives for a Kingdom that was greater than any earthly empire. Discover the real reason they were such a drastic threat to the social, political, and religious order of the day.
Marcus A. Yoder, with his passion to preserve Anabaptist history, reveals the inception of a movement that changed not only the world in which it began but also our lives today. Writing in layman’s terms, he will take you on a journey from the Early Church to the Reformation. Discover why the weider-tauffer (re-baptizers) felt the need to break away from the established church to follow a path that was paved with persecution and martyrdom.
The pathway of history leads straight to our doorstep; the better we understand the past, the clearer the journey ahead.
Marcus A. Yoder is the Executive Director of the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center and the Ohio Amish Library and is active in preaching, teaching, and writing in the Mennonite Church. In 2010, Marcus graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in history from Ohio State University and, in 2015, acquired a Master’s Degree in the History of Christianity from Yale University.
Marcus lives with his wife Norita in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country; he enjoys reading, writing, painting, and collecting books for his already extensive library.
The world needs to know about Anabaptism, a vibrant Christian tradition that rejects militarism and many other traits of modern society. Marcus Yoder tells their story beautifully.
-Dr. Richard Shiels: Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University; Newark Earthworks Center.
Yoder’s easy-to-read, storytelling writing style offers a refreshing look at our Amish-Mennonite historical background. All, from novice to scholar, will benefit from reading this first volume.
-Wayne R. Miller: Author, Archivist, Ohio Amish Library
This volume presents a fresh perspective on the beginnings of Anabaptism. The reader’s understanding is greatly broadened to consider the religious, cultural, and political conditions that existed before and during that time.
-Edward Kline: Historian; Editor -Songs of the Ausbund