The Plymouth Brethren (Hardback)Massimo Introvigne (author)
Hardback 160 Pages / Published: 31/05/2018
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Plymouth Brethren offers the first scholarly treatment of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC), one of the largest denominations within the Brethren movement that originated with John Nelson Darby and a 19th-century revival in the British Isles. The Brethren believed in restoring the purity of primitive Christianity. While some saw this dream in ecumenical terms, those who would eventually be called Exclusive Brethren came to believe that true Christians should separate themselves from the corruption of existing denominations, and break bread in their assemblies only with those sharing their interpretation of the Bible. This book, based on both historical research and participant observation of contemporary communities, focuses on a case study of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, one of the largest groups of the Exclusive Brethren. Massimo Introvigne discusses their beliefs, daily life, international school system, and charitable activities. The book also examines the controversies surrounding their practice of strict separation from those who are not part of their community, and the accusations of cult-like behavior brought against the Brethren by the media and some former members.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 288 g
Dimensions: 215 x 148 x 17 mm
"In this most insightful survey of the movement founded by influential nineteenth-century theologian John Nelson Darby, Massimo Introvigne opens the world of the intensely controversial and highly separatist branch of Darby's movement, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, little understood by the general public and the academic world. He provides a most welcome map of the church's defence of its austere path amid the attacks of critics."--J. Gordon Melton, Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Baylor University
"Though John Nelson Darby is one of the most influential Protestant thinkers of the nineteenth century, his life and mission have not been properly evaluated. This is what Massimo Introvigne does in this book. Displaying masterly scholarship, this volume is a must-read to understand the immense influence of the Brethren theology in the Protestant world to this day. Far from just being a quaint outdated group, the Brethren are a most active community in our contemporary world."--Bernadette Rigal-Cellard, Professor of North American Literature and Civilization, University of Bordeaux
"This is a sympathetic portrayal of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, which, with a lawyer's meticulous attention to detail, describes its intellectual history and contextualises it within contemporary society. Furthermore, by demonstrating that the Church has engaged in beneficial practices for non-members, and that the 'separation' it practices has an undeniable religious basis, Massimo Introvigne adroitly argues that it is rightly entitled to such benefits as charitable status."--Eileen Barker, Professor Emeritus of Sociology of Religion, London School of Economics
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