With respect to the Czech context, it should be noted that four volumes of hymns by the Bohemian Brethren
were printed at Strasbourg in the 1530s, although this does not reflect the popular richness of the Hussite vernacular ethos.
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
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.
The Silesian physician Crato collaborated on the German translation of the Bohemian Brethren
's confession and repeatedly interceded on their behalf at court.
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).