Church community is a gift of the Holy Spirit: The spirituality of the Bruderhof community

Church community is a gift of the Holy Spirit: The spirituality of the Bruderhof community

by Ian M. Randall


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This study examines the spirituality of the Bruderhof community. It gives particular attention to Eberhard Arnold (1883-1935) and a small number of people around him, including his wife Emmy and her sister Else von Hollander, who founded the first Bruderhof community in Sannerz, Germany, in 1920. The argument made here is that the Bruderhof was formed as a consequence of a concern for a number of aspects which were seen as related: authentic evangelical spirituality, community of goods instead of private property, openness to the Holy Spirit, a simple form of church life that sought to draw from the New Testament, and “the way of peace.” This study explores these themes both in the early Bruderhof period and also in an important recent Bruderhof publication, Foundations, and relates them to the Anabaptist tradition.

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ISBN-13: 9781907600227
Publisher: Plough Publishing House, The
Publication date: 12/28/2014
Pages: 53
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

Ian M. Randall, formerly professor of church history at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, is the author of several books and many articles on Baptist, Anabaptist, evangelical and missional movements. He studied economics and history at Aberdeen University before training as a Baptist minister at Regent’s Park College in Oxford University and then serving in teaching and leadership positions at Spurgeon’s College, London, and other institutions. He and his wife live in Cambridge where he serves as a locum hospital chaplain.

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