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The Open Brethren: A Christian Sect in the Modern World

Authors: Herriot, Peter

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  • The first social scientific perspective on the Open Bretheren.
  • Studies the Open Brethren from several perspectives, including historical and psychological accounts
  • Examines the challenge of fundamentalism to modernity and globalization
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This book gives a personal insight into the hearts and minds of a fundamentalist Christian sect, the Open Brethren. Using Brethren magazine articles, obituaries, and testimonies, Peter Herriot argues that the Brethren constitute a perfect example of a fundamentalism. Their culture is entirely opposed to the beliefs, values, and norms of modernity. As a result, like other fundamentalisms they challenge modern Christianity and impede its efforts to engage with global society.

About the authors

Peter Herriot, who was brought up in a Brethren family, was Professor of Psychology at the City University and at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has since written on fundamentalism from a social psychological perspective. Among his books are ‘Religious Fundamentalism: Global, Local, and Personal’ (2009) and ‘Warfare and Waves: Calvinists and Charismatics in the Church of England’ (2017).

Reviews

“Herriot describes what life is like within the tight Open Brethren, including in the discussion conversion, service, opposition to political activity, and the role of women in the church. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.” (W. T. Lindley, Choice, Vol. 56 (11), July, 2019)
“This is a highly readable book exploring the dynamics of the faith of the author’s father, the Open Brethen. It is an especially valuable study showing that fundamentalism can be associated with peaceful withdrawal from the larger society rather than engaged in acts of violence directed against it.” (Ralph W. Hood, Jr., Professor of Psychology and Leroy M. Martin Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, USA)

“Herriot gives us a gripping theological explanation of the movement, and one that is also complemented with a fine critique and moving autobiography that deals with his experiences of the Open Brethren. It is a compelling volume: one that blends insight, narrative, description and critical interpretation. Herriot’s account and reflection is handled with sensitivity, and it makes for a captivating volume. This book will have an enduring value for research in the field.” (Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, UK)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-03219-7
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Hardcover $89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-03218-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Open Brethren: A Christian Sect in the Modern World
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03219-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03219-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03218-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 194
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