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The definition and the actual functioning of dissenting conventicles in Strasbourg are hidden from view for the years 1526 and 1527, but two facts are indisputable: Capito and Bucer knew and conversed with both Hans Denck and Michael Sattler; and, they were as unanimous in condemning Denck's "heretical" and "dangerous" views as they were in praising Sattler as a "dear friend of God.
From this corpus of writings, Lake declares that Etherington denied the charge of being a prophet, minister, or having established a sect or conventicle.
16) Furthermore, Brecht's vision of the early Pietist movement primarily emphasizes the practice of piety and does not place much emphasis on innovative forms of religious association or community such as the conventicle.
The council simply acknowledged that Mennonite religious meetings and conventicles were being held.
You can still see them in the poorer parts of our cities: street corner conventicles with names like Hope Mission, Zion Hall, Bethel and Bethesda.
Besides warning the neighborhood, the magistrates may have also intended to carry out a "ritual cleansing of the location through the shedding of blood" since several conventicles had been held at Aechen's house, further stressing the link between the crime and the punishment.
The Articles for Neile's 1614 visitation provocatively inquired about "prophecies or exercises" and also whether parishioners had "combined themselves together in a new brotherhood, conventicles, or unlawfull assemblies.
I know the word that shall uproot the thrones Of oldest monarchs, and for every lay The doting phantom with the triple crown: A word dynamic with the power of doom To blast conventicles and parliaments, Unsolder federations, crumble states, And in the fining pot cast continents.
12) Reformed governments in Switzerland, while persecuting Mennonites, similarly denied that anyone was ever punished for belief or matters of conscience; obstinate refusal to adhere to civil law--such as the requirement to swear oaths or the prohibition of religious conventicles outside the official church--had to be punished lest the authority of the magistrates fall into disrepute and civil unrest result.
10) Turner's armor (since he is likened in one sense to a Parliament) is three Acts--the Act of Uniformity of 1662, the Printing and Licensing Act of May 1662, and the Act against Seditious Conventicles of 1670 (enforcing an earlier act of 1664).
Though I am accused and condemned for being at a conventicle, truly if praying for the King and Parliament and edifying one another in our most holy faith, by keeping conventicles, then I am guilty: but if a conventicle be such meeting as in the least measure is against any of those, then I detest it and abhor it.
All these groups formed illegal communities, called conventicles in the legislation of the time.