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Pilgrim Church Paperback – 1 Jan 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Gospel Folio Press (1 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882701542
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882701544
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,809,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Edmund Hamer Broadbent (1861-1945) was a Christian missionary and author. John Bjorlie wrote that he was a "tidy-looking English gentleman with a bookish side who discovered ways of slipping into and out of countries that others just assumed were 'closed doors.' He was not a big man, and his pleasant, easygoing manner would not have conjured in your mind the picture of the fearless missionary."Born in Lancashire, England, Broadbent operated under the auspices of the Plymouth Brethren movement. His book, The Pilgrim Church, first published in 1931. The Pilgrim Church is an alternative history of the church, unrecorded by secular history. It covers the history of many small churches throughout the ages that have attempted to follow the New Testament church pattern, the success of those that followed the pattern laid out by the apostles and the consequences to the churches that fell away from the pattern. He looks broadly at many groups such as the Paulicians, the Bogomils, the Nestorians, the Waldensians, the Anabaptists, the Hutterites, the Methodists, the Russian Mennonites and the Mennonite Brethren. He classified early primitive churches to Anabaptist, and to Moravian Brethren were historical Brethren Movement. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is a classic and a MUST-READ for all students of church history. Deviating from the tradtional path of organised ecclesiastical denominationalism it reveals the thread of those who from the early New TEstament church have striven to maintain the church principals of the first century.
Not jsut an exposure of persecution from pagan, but also from Catholic and reformed Protestant corners against those you do not conform to the accepted norm.
Nicely divided into chronologiocal blocks and geographic areas enables the book to be used as a reference for dipping in and out of, as well as a gripping read from start to finish.
Writen over 70years ago, so some of the writing style not particularly contempory.
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E.H. Broadbent's book "The Pilgrim Church" was originally published in 1931 and is considered a modern classic, especially by those who are interested in the way God has worked in history to bring his church back to its apostolic roots. I have often referenced it in my own articles and books. There are several strengths to this work. First, it provides a sweeping review of church history from the times of the apostles to the twentieth century. Second, it tells the other side of the story, focusing often on many of the forgotten and alternative movements that sprung up at diverse times and in diverse places who challenged the biblical validity of the theology and practice of the established church of the day, whether Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, or Protestant. Third, it provides helpful insights into the personalities and circumstances of many key figures who helped shape these grassroots movements. Fourth, there are some appendices like maps and timelines that help the reader better grasp the contexts discussed. Fifth, it is written by a man who himself has participated first hand in establishing and encouraging similar Christian movements in his own day. Finally, the last chapter deals with an analysis and assessment of the lessons his readers can learn from church history. My main criticism of this work is its lack of "symmetry." Some individuals and movements are described in too much detail, while others are given only passing reference, even though they may have contributed greatly to the cause of Christ in their day. It would have been a stronger work had equal attention and detail be given to each of these people and groups. My curiosity was triggered, but not satisfied, requiring me to do my own further research on some of these movements.Read more ›
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I have purchased his book several times over and will continue to do so for various friends. It is an excellent history for those who suspect things are not quite what they ought to be. This book has served as a confirmation and a great reference book. A real classic!
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Introduction:

Many who follow this idea of a Pilgrim Church use as their base text a book written by E.H. Broadbent. Broadbent was an Evangelical Christian of the Plymouth Brethren persuasion. Dave Hunt wrote the forward to the new edition of Broadbent's "classic", a man I once admired as a stern defender of the "faith once delivered" and who also has historical ties with this group. There are also other books such as The Trail of Blood written by J.M. Carroll, which purport to tell the tale of the baptists from the time of John the Baptist down to his own day (1930's). That book has sold over 2,000,000 copies so far and is still in print.The Trail of Blood. Another, less well known work is the 17th century Martyrs Mirror: The Story of Seventeen Centuries of Christian Martyrdom From the Time of Christ to A.D. 1660. A huge tome which tries to present a case for Anabaptist (the Baptists only and real forebears) successionism. In reality this idea differs little from modern Baptist successionism, and may actually have inspired it. There have been a couple of books published which tackle Baptist Succesionism head on, and so in a very real way tackle the very thesis of this book also. Baptist Successionism Baptist successionism;: A critical view.
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