By Markus Baum
The first-ever biography of an uncompromising innovative for Christ whose witness nonetheless reverberates around the globe. Markus Baum, a well-known German journalist, provides Eberhard Arnold (1883-1935) as a task version for contemporary disaffected younger new release.
Baum's hugely readable account examines the forces that formed Arnold's lifestyles. He recreates a colourful period whilst hundreds of thousands of younger women and men in Weimar Germany rejected traditional mores and struck out on a special course. Arnold, a tender and aspiring author and speaker, performed a renowned position during this ''Youth Movement,'' yet later left the limelight to stay the solutions he had chanced on, beginning a small neighborhood in accordance with Christ's teachings and instance.
Against the Wind exhibits Arnold's wide-ranging impression on different religious leaders of his day, his lonely stand opposed to the increase of Nazism, and his carrying on with legacy - the Bruderhof group move - which makes his existence as proper this day as ever.
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For months, Eberhard had been thinking of a suitable place for his baptism, and there are several indications that he found it in the Halle suburb of Ammendorf, on the White Elster, a Saale tributary. 4 It is characteristic of Eberhard that he later took his baptism as a matter of course and very rarely brought up the subject himself. 5 In fact, the only time baptism had been an issue for him was during those months of intense seeking back in the summer of 1907. Others had far more problems with it and either created or predicted difficulties for him.
Carl Franklin Arnold declared, and not for the first time, that he could not teach students when his own son was doing the opposite of what he taught, and that therefore he would have to resign his professorship immediately (which, however, he did not do). on thEir own fEEt The bottom line by the end of October was that both Emmy and Eberhard were deprived of parental support and sympathy – she through loyalty to him, he through baptism. In spite of this, their letters during the following year ring with the same carefree tone as those exchanged during the very first weeks of their engagement.
This was not without its difficulties. Some of the proponents of adult baptism from the Alte Promenade Fellowship, the very same fellowship with which Eberhard and Emmy had for so long been involved, now publicly voiced their doubts about the degree of “conviction” of the city mission people. They feared that Emmy would recruit young women from one organization to the other. In the city mission group, these same fears were mirrored in reverse, and Emmy soon came under criticism because she would not deny her conviction about baptism.