German Baptist Brethren


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German Baptist Brethren

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(Protestantism) a Protestant sect founded in 1708 in Germany but who migrated to the US in 1719–29, the members of which (Dunkers) insist on adult baptism by total immersion. Also called: Church of the Brethren
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This includes religious groups like the Mennonites, Amish, Hutterites, Brethren-in-Christ, German Baptist Brethren, River Brethren, and many others.
In the 1880s, the German Baptist Brethren divided into three groups: the Old Order German Baptist Brethren, the German Baptist Brethren (later Church of the Brethren), and the Progressive or Ashland Brethren.
During 1881-1883 a major split in the movement produced three groups: the so-called old orders, who became the Old German Baptist Brethren; the so-called progressives who became the Brethren Church; and the so-called conservatives, who retained the title German Baptist Brethren but later renamed themselves Church of the Brethren.

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