Learning about Alexander Mack, Jr.

June 15, 2012

Today I went to The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, located at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown,  PA. My purpose was to learn about Alexander Mack, Jr., a leader in the early Brethren movement, through an exhibit of items relating to Mack’s life and work.

Mack’s life spanned two continents and most of the first century of the Brethren. He was born in Germany but spent much of his life in PA. He gave vital counsel on many subjects, including following Christ’ s way of peace during the American Revolution.

Here is a sketch of the Brethren Church in Germantown, PA, that the Mack family helped to establish.

The exhibit, which is called “Pastor, Poet, Weaver, Writer” to call attention to the many aspects of Mack’s life, contains letters, a record book of his business accounts and other artifacts from his life. The display is not huge but is quite informative and well worth seeing.

If you live within driving distance of Elizabethown, I recommend that you go to see this exhibit, which continues only through June 22. It is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

2 Responses

  1. Hi John,
    I’m taking the History of the BIC Core Course but Alexander Mack’s name has not come up. The “Pastor, Poet, Weaver, Writer” description sounds intriguing. I’ll have to ask the professor (John Yeatts) about him. Does the Young Center have a sizable Anabaptist and Pietist collection?

    • Yes, an extensive collection. You may want to visit the Center sometime.
      It is true that we don’t often hear references to Mack in our BIC circles. I am not sure why. Perhaps because we focus more on the Anabaptist tradition and leaders than on the Pietist tradition.

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