Devin Manzullo-Thomas, a regular reader of The Way of Improvement Leads Home, will be lecturing at The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, PA) on the role of evangelicalism in the Brethren in Christ Church. Here is a synopsis of his lecture, "Born-Again Brethren in Christ: Religious Identity in an Age of Evangelicalism."
Beginning in the mid-twentieth century, the Brethren in Christ Church transformed from a small, separatist religious society into a growing mainstream evangelical denomination. Central to this transformation was the church’s increasing investment in the larger American neo-evangelical movement. This lecture will examine the ways Brethren in Christ members ratified or resisted the claims of the neo-evangelical movement in an effort to construct a new identity for their denomination.
Devin C. Manzullo-Thomas is assistant editor of Brethren in Christ History andLife and adjunct professor of interdisciplinary studies at Messiah College. He holds a master’s degree in history from Temple University. He blogs at The Search for Piety & Obedience.