About the Blog

“The Search for Piety and Obedience” isn’t as sanctimonious as it sounds. (At least, I hope not.) Rather, it’s an allusion to a formational text, and a statement of intent.

At this blog, my goal is to explore the history, theology, and identity of the Brethren in Christ—an evangelical Christian body with roots in the Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Holiness traditions. As the title of their seminal history contends, the Brethren in Christ have long embodied a “quest for piety and obedience,” and this blog seeks to discover how that group has succeeded—and failed—in that pursuit.

This blog also serves as a forum in which other scholars and writers studying this unique Protestant denomination can engage in constructive dialogue about Brethren in Christ history and life.

3 Responses to About the Blog

  1. Pingback: How Are We Doing? | The Search for Piety and Obedience

  2. Sherry or Sharlene Britt - Kuiper says:

    I was wondering if you could help me? I have been told that I was an orphan at Mt. Carmel, Illinois when I was quite young along with my older brothers and sisters. I am not sure what age I was when I was there….maybe 2years old? Our names are/were Sherry or Sharlene Britt, Jim, Mike, Jack, & maybe my older sister MaryJo. Our last names were Britt. Can you help me to let me know if that was true?

    • Devin Manzullo-Thomas says:

      Hi Sherry/Sharlene: Unfortunately, I do not have access to the kind of information you’re asking for. However, the Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives at Messiah College might have those details. You can find info about the archives at its website: http://www.messiah.edu/archives/ There is contact info for the Archivist at the site. Best of luck!

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