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

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JHU Press, Mar 1, 1995 - Religion - 491 pages
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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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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

BRETHREN BEGINNINGS
1
Parti
21
DUNKER RITUALS AND RELATIONSHIPS
51
PRACTICING THE PRIMITIVE FAITH
77
EXPANSION AND DISSENT 18501883
95
MISSIONARY MOBILIZATION 1880s1900s
132
MISSIONARY MANNERS 1880s1900s
159
PRESERVING THE PRIMITIVE ORDER 1880s19105
184
PURGING THE PAST 1890s1920s
245
UNITY UNRAVELED 19111930s
261
ALTERED AUTHORITIES 1920s1950s
290
The Binding and Loosing of Brethren Culture
315
BRETHREN CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION
340
PLURALISM PARTICULARISM AND PURPOSE
382
A Chronology of Change
419
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SEPARATION UNDER SIEGE 19051917
211

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

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