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From: winter dellenbach <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Brethren Divisions
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 12:46:03 -0800
In-Reply-To: <6928893D56F9954097E5786B9868CBC4DA03A2@MAIL.manchester.edu>


Ferne - could you please see if any McCammon in the Muhlenberg co. KY
area.
winter dellenbach
On Saturday, November 20, 2004, at 10:59 AM, Baldwin, A Ferne. wrote:

> I have been especially pleased to have recently come into possession of
> several resources which will be useful for those researching family in
> N. Carolina,,, especially those who went to Cape Girardeau andKy... and
> other information especially focused on Muhlenberg Co, Ky.. If you can
> cite a specific person or family I may be able to find some info.
>
> Ferne Baldwin
> Manchester College
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Merle C Rummel [mailto:]
> Sent: Saturday, November 20, 2004 6:43 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [BRE] Brethren Divisions
>
>
>
>> A bit of church history as I understand it. From the early days we
> were
>> all one big happy family known as German Baptists. Soon after the
> Civil
> war
>> discource started to enter the church body and we became unhappy with
> each
>> other. Year 1881 a petition from Miami Valley Ohio came to annual
> conference.
>> There was a split or division and it depends on who you talk to as to
> who
> split
>> from who.
>
> No - you need to read my paper at www.cob-net.org/docs/brethrenlife.htm
> especially the one on "Brethren Pietism", under "Brethren Frontiers".
> A
> comment
> made about one prominent Brethren Family was too common in our church:
> "They
> have God's Final Word, and if God decides to change His Mind, He'd
> better
> take
> another look at what He's Done!"
>
> Was Ephrata a Brethren community - well -not really, but sort-of So
> many
> Baptist
> Brethren went back and forth to Ephrata -and it split families, clear
> down
> into the
> Carolinas. This was mid and late 1700s. It centered on the
> differences
> in
> theology
> between our Pietist Heritage and our Anabaptist Heritage. The Pietist
> Heritage
> included Eternal Restorationism (Universalism) -which was refused by
> Annual
> Meeting in 1790 -and its Carolina leaders put on the Ban.
>
> And I found in Kentucky that the Annual Meeting Brethren refused to
> accept
> these
> Frontier Brethren in Kentucky-Ohio-Indiana-Illinois. This came out of
> the
> Great
> Revival there, and appealed to the Pietist Heritage held among these
> Brethren. It
> was not acceptabale to the Anabaptist Heritage predominantely held
> among
> the
> Annual Meeting Brethren back east. There was a short exception in
> 1821-1826
> when the Great Revival concepts were accepted at Annual Meeting, but
> after
> this,
> the Annual Meeting Elders placed these Frontier Brethren in
> "Avoidance",
> and
> some
> of the Frontier Elders were placed on the Ban. Almost all the Frontier
> Brethren
> Churches seem to have been challenged -and most of these left the
> denomination.
> This was a direct result of a query from Brethren who migrated west on
> the
> new
> National Road -across Ohio to the Dayton area: "What do we do about
> these
> Strange Brethren?" -- "Avoid them."
>
> I'm also placing the 1859+ actions with the Far Western Brethren in
> northern
> Illinois
> as a direct outgrowth of the previous avoidance, and the compromise
> there on
> several
> differences in practices (possibly including theologies), was not
> acceptable
> to many of
> the eastern Brethren -and was part of the "Old-Order" division of 1881.
>
> Merle C Rummel
> Church Historian
>
>
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