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A History of the Moravian Church   By: (1868-)

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Joseph Edmund Hutton's A History of the Moravian Church provides a comprehensive and enlightening journey into the origins, evolution, and significance of the Moravian Church. Hutton's meticulous research and scholarly approach bring to life the vibrant history of this religious movement, making it an essential read for anyone interested in the development of Christian denominations.

From the very beginning, Hutton engages readers by laying a solid foundation, delving into the Moravian Church's early roots and its formation in Bohemia and Moravia. He skillfully navigates the complex socio-political landscape of the time, highlighting the challenges and triumphs experienced by the church as it faced persecution and external pressures. Hutton's meticulous attention to detail is evident in his vivid descriptions of key figures such as Jan Hus and his influence on the Moravian movement.

The narrative gains momentum as Hutton takes readers on a captivating journey through the Moravian Church's expansion across Europe and into North America. His compelling storytelling effortlessly captures the struggles, hardships, and successes of Moravian missionaries, who played a pivotal role in spreading the church's teachings to different continents. Hutton's exploration of the Moravian Church's missionary work among Indigenous peoples provides a fascinating insight into the complexities of cultural exchange and religious adaptation.

One of the book's standout features is Hutton's ability to present a balanced perspective. He shines a light on both the positive aspects of the Moravian Church's history, such as its emphasis on unity and community, as well as its internal challenges and conflicts. By doing so, Hutton provides readers with a nuanced understanding of the church's development and its impact on Christianity as a whole.

Hutton's scholarly approach is further complimented by his thorough inclusion of primary and secondary sources. Footnotes and references allow readers to venture into further exploration should they desire a deeper understanding of specific topics. Additionally, the inclusion of maps and timelines assists in visualizing the church's geographical spread and historical progression.

While some readers may find the wealth of information overwhelming at times, Hutton's clear and concise writing style helps maintain clarity throughout the book. The seamless organization of chapters, each focusing on a particular period or aspect of Moravian Church history, allows for easy navigation and referencing.

In conclusion, Joseph Edmund Hutton's A History of the Moravian Church provides an authoritative and captivating account of this influential religious movement. Through meticulous research and compelling storytelling, Hutton illuminates the Moravian Church's journey, offering readers an in-depth understanding of its origins, impact, and enduring significance. Whether one is a scholar, a member of the Moravian community, or simply interested in the fascinating history of Christian denominations, this book is an indispensable resource.

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Prepared by John Bechard, an American living in London, England (email address:

History of the Moravian Church

by J. E. Hutton

Note from the E text preparer: I have inserted a few notes of my own regarding spelling (one Greek word) and the rearranging of dates that were originally shown in the margins of the book; any of my own adjustments or notes have been enclosed in these brackets: {} to separate them from the original text. As well, I have renumbered all the footnotes from their corresponding pages and set them at the end of this document.




(Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged.)




The Bohemian Brethren. 1457 1673

CHAPTER I. The Rising Storm " II. The Burning of Hus. July 6th, 1415 " III. The Welter. 1415 1434 " IV. Peter of Chelcic. 1419 1450 " V. Gregory the Patriarch and the Society at Kunwald. 1457 1472 " VI. Luke of Prague and the High Church Reaction. 1473 1530 " VII. The Brethren at Home. " VIII. John Augusta and His Policy. 1531 1548 " IX. The Brethren in Poland. 1548 1570 " X. The Martyr Bishop. 1548 1560 " XI. The Last Days of Augusta. 1560 1572 " XII... Continue reading book >>

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