Brethren Society: The Cultural Transformation of a "Peculiar People"

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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 "Dunkers" after their method of baptism—were assimilated faster and earlier than their Amish, Mennonite, or even Hutterite cousins.

 

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Part I
20
DUNKER RITUALS AND RELATIONSHIPs
53
PRActiciNG THE PRIMITIve FAITH
77
ExPANsion AND Dissent 18501883
97
MissionARY Mobilization 1880s190os
132
MissionARY MANNERs 1880s190os
159
PRESERVING THE PRIMITIve ORDER 1880s1910s
184
SEPARAtion UNDER SIEGE 19051917
211
Io PURGING THE PAst 1890s1920s
245
UNITY UNRAveled 19111930s
261
Altered Authorities 1920s1950s
290
BRETHREN CULTURAL TRANs for MAtion
342
PLURALISM PART1cula RIsM AND PURPose
382
A Chronology of Change
419
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About the author (1995)

Carl Desportes Bowman is associate professor and chairman of the Department of Sociology at Bridgewater College.