When the Saints Were the Early Adopters of Technological Innovation (and Were Accused of Being Taught by the Devil to Read)

Joseph Hutton's History of the Moravian Church, Part 4 The ancient Church of the Brethren, the forerunner of the Moravian Church, began in 1457. At the time, the printing press had been around for less than twenty years (since 1440). Historian Joseph Hutton said the Church of the Brethren “made a use of the printing … Continue reading When the Saints Were the Early Adopters of Technological Innovation (and Were Accused of Being Taught by the Devil to Read)

The Church of the Brethren Repudiated the Teachings of Their Visionary Patriarch Within a Generation

Joseph Hutton's History of the Moravian Church, Part 3 The Church of the Brethren had its beginning in about 1457. At the time, they considered Peter of Chelcic to be their spiritual father. Peter wasn’t part of the church. He was either dead or close to death by 1457. Still, his influence was acknowledged by … Continue reading The Church of the Brethren Repudiated the Teachings of Their Visionary Patriarch Within a Generation

The Writer, the Preacher, and the Leader: The Beginning of the Church of the Brethren

Joseph Hutton's History of the Moravian Church, Part 2 It took three different men with three different gifts to start the Church of the Brethren. Joseph Hutton tells the story in his History of the Moravian Church. The first was the writer, Peter of Chelcic. This man spent the mid-1400’s calling the church to return … Continue reading The Writer, the Preacher, and the Leader: The Beginning of the Church of the Brethren

Why Didn’t the Protestant Reformation Begin with John Hus?

Joseph Hutton's History of the Moravian Church, Part 1 “For one man who will steadily follow a principle, there are hundreds who would rather follow a leader.” This is how Joseph Hutton began to explain why the followers of John Hus fractured into several groups as soon as he died. Hutton made this observation in his … Continue reading Why Didn’t the Protestant Reformation Begin with John Hus?