Bohemian Brethren


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Bohemian Brethren

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(Christian Churches, other) a Protestant Christian sect formed in the 15th century from various Hussite groups, which rejected oaths and military service and advocated a pure and disciplined spiritual life. It was reorganized in 1722 as the Moravian Church. Also called: Unitas Fratrem

Bohe′mian Breth′ren


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a Christian denomination formed in Bohemia in 1467 reorganized in 1722 as the Moravian Church.
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Asked about his sect in a conversation with the Bohemian Brethren in 1559, he said that his community was separated from "all other Anabaptist sects," like the Sabbatarians and the Hutterites, and that his group had many members in Moravia, Bohemia, Switzerland and Upper Germany.
On top of deep-rooted attachment to the Churches of the Utraquists and Bohemian Brethren, Lutheranism had spread during the sixteenth century and there was some native support for Reformed styles of religion.
Applying what he calls the "Bohemian formula"--the approach to doctrine of the early Bohemian Brethren, here characterized as "in essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity"--to both religious traditions, he argues that Christians and Muslims can find unity in modestly admitting ignorance in their knowledge of God, proximity in faith, and difference in their presentation of Jesus.
Recorded: 1-12/1996, Hall of the Community of the Bohemian Brethren in Prague-Kobylisy.
Until now much of the available literature on Bohemian Brethren hymnody was somewhat dated, such as Rudolf Wolkan, Das deutsche Kirchenlieder bohmischen Bruder im XVI.
When Comenius wrote Andreae seeking admission for himself and three of his fellow Bohemian Brethren to this brotherhood despite being neither German nor Lutheran, Andreae welcomed them all in his 15 September 1629 letter (Kvacala, 1903-04, 26:11-12).