Divided into three sections, Craig Atwood's study of the Czech Reformation, the rise of the Brethren, and the relationship of the Unitas Fratrum
to the Protestant Reformation will deservedly serve as the standard introduction for beginners into the roots and the enduring importance of the Moravian Church.
Yoder's discussion of sixteenth-century Anabaptism contends that it offered a more viable peace witness than the earlier Waldensians or the Unitas Fratrum
because Anabaptism produced Free Church institutions.
The Moravian Church's own historiography traces its origins to the Hussites, with a point of continuity revolving around the moment in the 1730s when Bishop Daniel Ernst Jablonsky laid hands on Nicholas von Zinzendorf as a bishop of the Unitas Fratrum
This volume, the latest in the Eastman Studies in Music series, provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of music in the Moravian Church (known also as the Unitas Fratrum
, or simply "Unity") in the United States.
Were they descendants of the Unitas Fratrum
, as their claimed episcopal succession suggested, or were they to be identified as "Old Lutherans" as Zinzendorf proposed.
He tried to obtain concessions from Maximilian, but the emperor renewed the prohibition against the Unitas Fratrum
and closed their houses in 1568.
Originally this group was called Bratri zakona Kristova (The Brethren of the Laws of Christ) but later became known as Jednota Bratrska (The Unity of Brethren) or the Unitas Fratrum.
In the early years of the Unitas Fratrum it was the spirit of Tabor and Petr Chelcicky which provided the main impetus.