The Open Brethren

A Christian Sect in the Modern World

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Peter Herriot
  • New York, NY: 
    Palgrave Macmillan
    , December
     194 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Eileen Barker forthcoming.


This book gives a personal insight into the hearts and minds of a fundamentalist Christian sect, the Open Brethren. Using Brethren magazine articles, obituaries, and testimonies, Peter Herriot argues that the Brethren constitute a perfect example of a fundamentalism. Their culture is entirely opposed to the beliefs, values, and norms of modernity. As a result, like other fundamentalisms they challenge modern Christianity and impede its efforts to engage with global society.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Peter Herriot, who was brought up in a Brethren family, was Professor of Psychology at the City University and at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has since written on fundamentalism from a social psychological perspective.


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