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eBook My People: The Story of Those Christians Sometimes Called Plymouth Brethren epub
  • ISBN: 087788577X
  • Author: Robert H. Baylis
  • Genre: Christians
  • Subcategory: Christian Denominations & Sects
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harold Shaw Pub (November 1, 1995)
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • ePUB size: 1162 kb
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The irony is that Baylis identified Interest as the one place among the Open Brethren in North America that was on the cutting edge of new developments.

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Robert H. Baylis has worked on this history for years: "The Brethren are my people. Through a lifetime of association with the assemblies, I know them well, both their strengths and their weaknesses. My purpose in this history is to tell their story in a positive wa. Published by: Gospel Folio Press Binding type: paper Number of pages: 426 pgs Dimensions: . x . 5 inches Weight: . lbs ISBN: 1897117280. Category: Church History.

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Select Format: Paperback. ISBN13:9780877885771. Release Date:November 1995.

My People: The Story of Those Christians Sometimes Called Plymouth Brethren. This book is valuable for those who,like myself, are members of Brethren assemblies. The author knew the subject well, since he also was in the movement, and knew many of the leaders personally. The Plymouth Brethren. It will be a great benefit to have an evaluation of the movement from his perspective. Krapoh (a1). Baylor UniversityWaco, Texas. Recommend this journal

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"My People" is a biased history of "brethren" with a thinly-veiled agenda. But it's an important book, because it chronicles sections of "brethren" history that are generally omitted. If you're only going to read one history of "brethren", this isn't the one to read: read Ironside's A Historical Sketch of the Brethren Movement. But if you're planning on reading several books on the subject, this ought to be one of them.

I read this book hot-off-the-press in 1995. As I recall, I pre-ordered it. At that time, I was disappointed by the obvious bias and agenda of the "history" given in the first hundred pages or so. Here it is 18 years later, and I still think this is the biggest problem with this book.

To be fair, the book is titled "My People": with a title like that bias ought to be expected. Baylis isn't really interested in detailing the history of "brethren", he's interested in covering the history of "open brethren" in North America. The book is dismissive of groups Baylis doesn't consider to be "his" people, which makes it feel much more like a propaganda than a history.

This isn't the place for an in-depth analysis or rebuttal. In brief, Baylis presents a "history" of "brethren" from 1827--1881 that doesn't stand up to serious analysis. His sources aren't consistently cited (i.e. he carefully cites some quotations, then quotes others without any citation at all), his logic is tortured, and he overlooks or omits entirely what doesn't make his point. He dismisses Ironside's A Historical Sketch of the Brethren Movement as the history of "squabbles among the Exclusives" (p. 350) and accuses Noel's The history of the Brethren of "hero-worship" (p. 350). I found the latter charge humorous in light of his own fascination with heroes throughout this volume. The fact is that both Noel's and Ironside's books are more carefully argued and better cited than this book. That doesn't mean this book ought to be ignored, but it would be a mistake to accept what it presents without carefully cross-checking with the better histories.

But this volume is not all bad. After the first section (pp. 25--109), the book takes up the history of "open brethren" in North America. Baylis is clearly sympathetic to them, and his tone is much less combative. This book is, after all, titled "My People" and it shows. He covers events, people, and assemblies that are frequently lost in "brethren" histories, and it's exciting to hear their stories told.

I was particularly interested in his chronicling the divide between "chapels" and "halls" around 1900--1920 (pp. 157--163). He mentions the Needed Truth only obliquely (pp. 157--158): Ironside's "Historical Sketch" covers the Needed Truth in more detail. On the other hand, Ironside completely omits the "chapel vs. hall" cleavage.

Where Baylis really shines is in presenting the history of "brethren" between divisions. It is a fact that most histories chronicle conflicts and ignore the peaceful times between them. Baylis does an excellent job of relating the histories between divisions, and this book is well worth reading just for this. With some exceptions, the last two-thirds of the book cover teh attempts by "open brethren" in North America to spread the Gospel. There are stories of individual men and women, assemblies, and even magazines that I just haven't seen anywhere else. They're told with interest and obvious sympathy: Baylis is at his best describing the quiet heroism of the people and events between well-documented conflicts.

I had a peculiar interest in some of the stories because of my personal experiences with some of them. This doesn't make it a good book, but it did make it significant to me.

The last section of this book cover "contemporary" trends in "open brethren". This book is 18 years old, so it's not really contemporary any more, but it's interesting nonetheless. Again, there is some bias that emerges in this section: Baylis moves from documenting to advocacy too easily.

When this book was published in the 1990s, some of what Baylis discusses were hot topics among "[his] people". In the intervening two decades, there have been some changes that have come into the "brethren" of every stripe, and perhaps some of the hot topics are now more lukewarm.

The appendices to this book are worth a read. There is a significant list of sources, followed by a roster of "commended workers", and reports from "commended workers" (p. 371 ff). This is of interest to people like me, who've known some of the people in the lists.

In the end, this book is important, and it's worth reading. I lent my first copy to someone and never saw it again. I purchased another copy when it was reprinted in the early 2000s: it's marked up and I don't lend it out.

If you want a detailed history of "brethren" from 1825 to 1900, this isn't it. You should read Napoleon Noel's The history of the Brethren: by far the most complete history of "brethren" available. If you want a great overview with careful analysis, don't get this book: get Ironside's A Historical Sketch of the Brethren Movement. But if you're looking for a book to fill in the gaps, this is a good fit. I wouldn't at all suggest this as your only "brethren" history book, but it's a worthwhile addition to your library.
Having grown up in a New Testament assembly which meets along the lines of the Plymouth Brethren movement, I really enjoyed reading about the history of this group of people who believed in meeting according to New Testament principles rather than that which men have made traditional.
This is an honest account of the movement and includes things many people would rather not have recorded as well as the great things done by those who desire to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. My only desire is that believers today would have the same zeal as those men in the 1800's who desired to follow Christ.
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