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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Julius H Rubin
|Description:||xii, 264 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||The lengthened shadow of one man --
The thrall of Utopian illusions --
The revitalization of Bruderhof piety --
Surrendered to Jesus: varieties of religious melancholy --
Religious melancholy among other Anabaptist sects.
|Responsibility:||Julius H. Rubin.|
Rubin argues that in the attempt to routinize the charisma of the founder's generation, the Bruderhof gradually moved away from the founder's vision, appropriating Hutterian forms of church discipline and social organization, and consolidating power in the hands of a patriarchal leadership that evolved into religious authoritarianism.".
"Rubin focuses on the incidence of "religious melancholy" among the Bruderhof. This is an affective disorder that has long been associated with pietistic conversion and is characterized by a sense of abandonment by God.".
"Rubin also looks at the evidence for religious melancholy among other Anabaptist sects, such as the Mennonites, Brethren, Amish, and the Hutterites. He concludes that any religious community committed to the fulfillment of a utopian vision of total harmony and unity of thought and action, of the surrender of the self to the sect, will create a purgatory for many believers."--BOOK JACKET.