American Scriptures: An Anthology of Sacred Writings

A groundbreaking selection of sacred Christian writings of yankee starting place from Mormons, Shakers, Christian Scientists, and others.

"Scripture" is any paintings within which the authors, translators, editors, or discoverers all declare to have bought knowledge from a resource outdoors themselves, be it revelation, enlightened philosophy, or historical archive. For the 1st time in one quantity, American Scriptures gathers fifteen of those texts from non secular activities with origins within the usa. Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp's concise unmarried quantity will enlighten not just readers attracted to the old and non secular points of the scriptural texts, but in addition these whose curiosity has been piqued by way of such bestsellers as Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code.

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Indeed, it is clear that in the period between the rise of the movement in the 1860s and the Decree on Religious Toleration of April 1905, when it became legal to leave the Orthodox Church, each successive decree or circular sought to strengthen the distinction between the rights of ethnic Russians and those of their non-Russian fellow subjects. This strategy became particularly pronounced after the assassination of Alexander II in 1881. 27 The spread and development of Russian and Ukrainian evangelical groups in the 1880s, concern about their increasing tendency to call themselves “Baptists,” and an atmosphere of tightened police restrictions combined to draw hostile responses from local civil and religious authorities, as well as from the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in St.

When the conference came to elect a permanent missionary committee, however, although all the regional representatives on the committee were Slavs, Wieler and I. F. Isaak, both members of the Mennonite Brethren, became president and treasurer, respectively. The participants also formally thanked the German congregations for their financial aid and noted that the itinerant preaching of V. G. 20 Over the next twenty years the Russian Baptists held ten other conferences. By 1887, when Dei I. 21 Although some interaction naturally remained, the German-speaking Baptists and the Russian Baptists developed into two very separate organizations by 1890.

The most significant included followers of the ecstatic “Christ-Faith” or khristovshchina (better known to outsiders as khlystovshchina or flagellantism), and the Quaker-like groups of Dukhobors and Molokans, which arose in Tambov Province in central Russia but were largely exiled to Transcaucasia in the 1830s. 22 The result was a strict legal hierarchy of religious groups in the imperial Russian state. At the top stood the Russian Orthodox Church, which was effectively the established church. By 1900, it ministered to approximately 70 percent of the empire’s population.

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