By Perry Bush
What does it suggest to be Mennonite within the sleek global? and what's the witness of a peace church that's constantly vulnerable to splintering? C. Henry Smith—son of an Amish relations, erudite historian, urbane financial institution president, and pioneer of Mennonite scholarship—sought solutions to those questions in the midst of the twentieth century, and his solutions reverberate throughout the church to this day.
In this attractive narrative biography, historian Perry Bush chronicles Smith’s youth in an Illinois farming neighborhood, his younger flip towards highbrow inquiry, and his self belief that Anabaptist religion and lifestyles provide presents to the broader global. by means of recounting the tale of 1 of the most important Mennonite intellectuals, Bush surveys the storied terrain of 20th-century Mennonite identification in its selective borrowing from wider tradition and its tentative embody of revolutionary reforms and better schooling, and starting to be conviction that Anabaptism served as a taproot of Western civilization. Bush argues that Smith’s physique of old writing provided a brand new iteration of Mennonites with either an knowing in their shared previous and the instruments to navigate an ever-shifting present.
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Peace, Progress, and the Professor: The Mennonite History of C. Henry Smith (Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History) by Perry Bush