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Alexander Mack, 1679-1735, Brethren Movement

Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 03/12/2003

Category: Biographies

Source: CCN

Alexander Mack 1679-1735 Alexander Mack (1679-1735) is considered the founder of the Brethren Movement, oftentimes called the Tunker Movement be- cause of insistance upon trine immersion as a proper mode of baptism. Following careful study of Scripture, Mack found himself out of harmony with the three state churches of Ger- many because of their formality, laxity in practice, and failure to observe all the New Testament teachings. In 1708, at Schwarzenau, Germany, with seven other likeminded persons, he organized a new denomination with a Christo-Bible-centered emphasis. Persecution caused flight from Germany by way of the Netherlands. They followed others of like faith to Amer- ica in 1729.         Germantown, Pennsylvania, became their American head- quarters. From Mack's initial efforts, three main groups have emerged--the Church of the Brethren, the old German Baptist Brethren, and a progressive Brethren church, recognized as the Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio, and the National Fellow- ship of Brethren Churches (Grace Brethren), Winona Lake, In- diana, whose motto is: The Bible, the whole Bible, and noth- ing but the Bible.

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