American Mennonites and Protestant Movements

A Community Paradigm

By Beulah S. Hostetler

American Mennonites and Protestant Movements

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  • ISBN: 9781579109066
  • Pages: 368
  • Publication Date: 3/6/2002
  • Retail Price: $37.00
Web Price: $29.60
Web Price: $29.60

American Mennonites and Protestant Movements

A Community Paradigm

By Beulah S. Hostetler

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  • ISBN: 9781579109066
  • Pages: 368
  • Publication Date: 3/6/2002
  • Retail Price: $37.00
Web Price: $29.60

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American Mennonites and Protestant Movements describes the key religious values in a major Mennonite settlement over a period of three centuries in its encounter with other religious movements: Pietism, revivalism, Fundamentalism, and institutionalization. The author analyzes how Mennonites both resisted these influences and were changed by them.

The book also documents the codification of practice in the twentieth century and how restrictions waned as a growing emphasis on peace and service emerged.

The author demonstrates that the key values shaping the Mennonite community are religious, not simply ethnic, and are consistent with their sixteenth-century character. These conclusions are based on a careful study of their value patterns, nonverbal behavior, issues and personalities in confrontation, and in the conduct of their community behavior.

This book will help a new generation of Mennonites who wish to discover their heritage and spiritual identity. For Christian believers outside the Anabaptist tradition it will clarify long-standing ambiguities about the Mennonites.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Not every interpreter of history knows what questions to ask. Of those who do, not all are willing to ask the more knotty and uncomplimentary ones. Beulah Hostetler has been able to ask the deeper questions.
She dares to suggest a surprising conclusion, namely that the Schleitheim Confession served as an implicit charter for the oldest Mennonite conference in North America - the Franconia Conference.
Beulah Hostetler's pioneering efforts in this remarkable treatment succeeded magnificently."

Leonard Gross, Mennonite Historical Committee

Contributors-

Beulah S. Hostetler

Bio(s)-

Beulah Stauffer Hostetler earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Religious Thought at the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. She has served on numerous Mennonite Church committees and boards, including the Editorial Council of the fifth volume of the Mennonite Encyclopedia; the committee to write a new inter-Mennonite confession of faith; the church wide Council on Faith, Life, and Strategy; The Leadership Commission of Franconia Conference; and on the boards of trustees of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and Eastern Mennonite College.

In the summer of 1986 she was selected to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar at Harvard University on Religion and Cultural Change in American History.
She is presently Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Anabaptist and Pietist Groups at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and Assistant Professor of Sociology. Beulah and her husband, John, are members of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church.

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