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Brethren society : the cultural transformation of a "peculiar people"

Author: Carl F Bowman
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Carl Bowman examines how and why members of the Church of the Brethren - historically known as "Dunkers" after their method of baptism - were assimilated faster and earlier than their Amish, Mennonite, or even Hutterite cousins. Brethren Society brings to light the members' own conversations and debates on a series of pivotal controversies. Bowman shows how Brethren dealt with issues such as membership in "outside"  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl F Bowman
ISBN: 0801849047 9780801849046 0801849055 ; 9780801849053
OCLC Number: 185838732
Description: xii, 491 s. : ill. ; 23cm.
Contents: 1. Brethren Beginnings --
Pt. I. An Overview of Traditional Dunker Culture, 1708-1850s. 2. The Faith Once Delivered to the Saints. 3. Dunker Rituals and Relationships. 4. Practicing the Primitive Faith --
Pt. II. Pathways beyond Plainness. 5. Expansion and Dissent, 1850-1883. 6. Missionary Mobilization, 1880s-1900s. 7. Missionary Manners, 1880s-1900s. 8. Preserving the Primitive Order, 1880s-1910s. 9. Separation Under Siege, 1905-1917. 10. Purging the Past, 1890s-1920s. 11. Unity Unraveled, 1911-1930s. 12. Altered Authorities, 1920s-1950s --
Pt. III. Analysis: The Binding and Loosing of Brethren Culture. 13. Brethren Moral Dynamics: A Historical Overview. 14. Brethren Cultural Transformation. 15. Pluralism, Particularism, and Purpose --
App. A: A Chronology of Change --
App. B: Personal interviews.
Responsibility: Carl F. Bowman.

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Carl Bowman examines how and why members of the Church of the Brethren - historically known as "Dunkers" after their method of baptism - were assimilated faster and earlier than their Amish, Mennonite, or even Hutterite cousins. Brethren Society brings to light the members' own conversations and debates on a series of pivotal controversies. Bowman shows how Brethren dealt with issues such as membership in "outside" organizations; the salaried ministry; acceptance of revivalistic styles of worship and music; particitation in the American political process; military service; the holy kiss; the temperance movement; and the "plain garb."

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Excellent historical account, although hairsplitting toward the end

by ericbradley (WorldCat user published 2009-08-05) Very Good Permalink

I've been surrounded by Brethren all my life, so the first third of the book was a breeze describing Brethren origins and stand apart doctrine...then it slowed down into every little thing the Brethren were splitting hairs over at the turn of the 20th Century, very informative, but not nearly as exciting.

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