Sunday, January 2, 2011

On Brethren beliefs and practices

From Eastern Mennonite University, 1200 Park Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, USA
Last summer I embarked on a long, intense directed study at EMS on Brethren beliefs and practices with Jeff Bach, who is the director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, a school affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, the tradition which raised me and in which I'm currently a licensed minister. The study was marked with personal trials for both Jeff and I and ended up lasting quite a bit longer than both of us had intended. But through the personal and academic trials came tremendous learning of my tradition, and I wouldn't trade the experience of the directed study for anything.

So after the break you'll find the long (28 pg.) paper that came out of this class which explores four theological topics with respect to the Brethren:
  • Christology
  • Ecclesiology (both a critique and a constructive argument)
  • (Non-)Sacramental theology
  • Nonconformity to the world
Brethren Beliefs and Practices

Note: The section on nonconformity in this paper was subsequently adapted into two posts this past fall: A pastiche tribute to Art Gish here on the RT blog and The Theological Legacy of Art Gish (old books need love too!) on the EMS Work and Hope blog.

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