Religion Past and Present

Get access

(355 words)

[German Version]

History: religious associations known as “communities” invoke the communal structures that have existed throughout church history ever since the primitive church (Acts 2:42): the Desert Fathers and Mothers (Anchorites), cenobitic monasticism (Cenobites), medieval orders, semimonastic and fraternal impulses in Pietism (N. v. Zinzendorf, G. Tersteegen), mission homes, the liturgical movement at the beginning of the 20th century. The earliest religious communities of this type first appeared in Europe during or immediately after th…

Cite this page
Krug, Edith Therese, “Communities”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

▲   Back to top   ▲