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The Story of the Early Mennonite Brethren, 1860-1869: Reflections of a Lutheran Churchman 1 editions

Cover of: The Story of the Early Mennonite Brethren, 1860-1869 | John B. Toews, ed.
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The 1860 split between the Mennonite Church and the Mennonite Brethren was probably the most divisive in the Russian Mennonite story. Each group had a different version of what happened. The Brethren viewed the established church as decadent, while it in turn saw the new movement as a threat to the prevailing order. It was not long before each group generated a stereotype of the other. Later compilations of relevant documents did little to alter the prevailing mindsets.

In the early 1860s a Lutheran magistrate, Alexander K. Brune, was appointed by the Ministry of the Interior to investigate the schism. The inquiry lasted several years. Brune interviewed people on both sides and tried to portray the conflict in an objective manner. His reports to the Ministry, together with the accompanying letters, provide an outside perspective on the schism. The documents translated in this book provide a graphic insight into the Russian Mennonite religious world of the 1860s.

1 edition First published in 2002

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