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Internet resources

Despite the absence of a centralized organization and formal leadership, the Christian Brethren are well served by the Internet. There are a variety of web-based introductions to Brethren assemblies and to Brethren thought. Guides to the Bible and aids to worship have been produced by those with Brethren sympathies, and there are links to Brethren connections worldwide. There are also web sites introducing the distinctive features of Brethren history, and others reproducing important historical documents online. The 'open brethren' is better served than the 'exclusive brethren', but even here there is much useful material.

Useful introductory sites:

  • 'Who are the Brethren? : An introduction from the web site of the Brethren Archivists and Historians Network.
  •  'Who are the Brethren?' : A very thorough introductory essay has been produced by John Barber. This contains extensive footnotes, a bibliography, and links to other Brethren related web pages.
  • Brethren Online : An introduction from Canada by Shawn Abigail. This is a wide-ranging and extensive site containing links to articles, sermons, and books along with a detailed introductory guide to Dispensationalism.
  • 'BrethrenPedia' : An ambitious project set up by individuals with a Brethren background. This is an open, editable online encyclopedia, which aspires to be an introduction to all aspects of the Brethren and its history, and invites contributors to 'add content and edit as you see fit'.
  • Plymouth Brethren : Contains an entry from the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Vol. IX .
  • Adherents.com is an attempt to provide a detailed statistical analysis of the extent of Brethren membership worldwide.



The University of Manchester is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

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