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

Author: Carl Desportes Bowman
Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.
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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
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bowman, Carl Desportes, 1957-
Brethren society.
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Desportes Bowman
ISBN: 0801849047 9780801849046 0801849055 9780801849053
OCLC Number: 30736677
Notes: "Published in cooperation with the Center for American Places, Harrisonburg, Virginia"--Title page verso.
Description: xii, 491 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Brethren Beginnings --
pt. I. An Overview of Traditional Dunker Culture, 1708-1850s --
The Faith Once Delivered to the Saints --
Dunker Rituals and Relationships --
Practicing the Primitive Faith --
pt. II. Pathways beyond Plainness --
Expansion and Dissent, 1850-1883 --
Missionary Mobilization, 1880s-1900s --
Missionary Manners, 1880s-1900s --
Preserving the Primitive Order, 1880s-1910s --
Separation Under Siege, 1905-1917 --
Purging the Past, 1890s-1920s --
Unity Unraveled, 1911-1930s --
Altered Authorities, 1920s-1950s --
pt. III. Analysis: The Binding and Loosing of Brethren Culture --
Brethren Moral Dynamics: A Historical Overview --
Brethren Cultural Transformation --
Pluralism, Particularism, and Purpose.
Responsibility: Carl F. Bowman.
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In the first book ever written on the subject, Carl Bowman examines how and why members of the Church of the Brethren-historically known as "Dunkersafter their method of baptism-were assimilated  Read more...


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This model study of a small denomination's history, sociology and anthropology will inspire scholars who study larger, less definable religious groups... Bowman provides a good chronology of events Read more...

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