• Peter Herriot


The author describes his father’s conversion to the Brethren and subsequent lifelong adherence to the sect. He examines his father’s Bible, and discovers in its marginal notes the major themes of Brethren belief and culture: the belief that the Bible is the Word of God speaking directly to the believer, and the consequent emphases on the authority of the Bible and on the separation from the world which they believe this authority commands. The author emphasizes the variety of perspectives from which the Brethren are perceived in the book, maintaining that while one must first listen to the Brethren themselves, it is impossible to engage in analysis or dialogue from within such a closed belief system.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Herriot
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  1. 1.Birkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK

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