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Plymouth Brethren
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The Plymouth Brethren is a Christian body established in 1830 in Plymouth, England. The group traces it origin to John Nelson Darby (1800–1882), an Anglican clergyman who in 1828 joined a circle of eschatologically oriented Bible Christians in Dublin and who left the Anglican Church in 1834 (Anglican Communion; Eschatology).

In debate with the Anglican Church and free-church groups in Switzerland, Darby developed the idea of the apostasy of the church and the impossibility of a restoration of the primitive Christian community. He thought that the unity of the body of Christ…

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Geldbach, Erich, “Plymouth Brethren”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 08 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.110>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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