Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Discussion on 'The Pilgrim Church'

On Visits to Candyland there is some discussion about 'The Pilgrim Church' by E.H. Broadbent; we haven't read it yet, but our opinions on what it's supposed to be about may be interesting :)


Jennie said...

My copy of 'The Pilgrim Church' arrived today, and I've read the preface and the introduction, which includes a long list of many of the sources used in the book, many of which are titles in foreign languages, as the author was fluent in several languages and traveled the world preaching the gospel. I will try to post information as I read through the book, and then send it to Kelly (Visits to Candyland blog) so she can read it too. (If I can bear to part with it :)

Jennie said...

Rats! My devious plan to sneak my Christmas present early has been discovered, so now I have to wait three whole weeks before I can read 'The Pilgrim Church' and review it!
(Well, really, I asked my husband if it was ok if I read it before Christmas, and he, being only slightly amused, said 'No.')

Jennie said...

In the post on 'The Pilgrim Church by E.H. Broadbent' on Visits to Candyland, Kelly quotes Candy and then quotes a review of the book:

Why was/is this book so hard to obtain? I did a bit of research on this, and have found that this book - which seems to teach the true history of Christ's church, has been squelched and pushed down by certain large religions that don't like what the book has to say.

Other people have similar accusations for the unpopularity of the book. For example:

How is that Broadbent’s account differs from many others then? He travelled extensively gathering what he could from various sources and directly from those who were descendants of ‘the pilgrim church’. He reads between the lines of the accounts given by ‘their enemies’, which of course would not paint them in any favourable light. There were some preserved, written records, which clearly expose the tyrannical behaviour of much of the ‘official’ Church. Interestingly, I recall reading somewhere that many of these have since ‘disappeared’ since Broadbent’s days. The recently (1999) reissued edition of The Pilgrim Church has an excellent foreword by Dave Hunt. He also makes mention there of records no longer being in circulation. What makes this account so valuable is that it drew upon sources that were available in the Author’s day (he lived from 1861 – 1945), much of which does not seem to be now in circulation

After reading the preface and introduction, I would say that it's most likely that the sources Broadbent used are no longer available for the simple reason that they are no longer in print, just like many books from the 19th and early 20th century. The same goes for why 'The Pilgrim Church' was so hard to find until it was republished recently. I think it is definitely worth republishing and look forward to reading it as a different perspective based on regional accounts.