Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Arthur Repp


The background to the educational work of the Brethren in this study included: the medieval school, the rise of public-controlled education, and the mystical movements in northern Europe during the late medieval period. It is against this background that the philosophy and work of the founder of the Brethren, Gerard Groote and the life and educational work among the Brethren are seen in the perspective of their times. The aims and reforms of two of their outstanding schools, those of John Cele and Alexander Hegius, also compliment this educational picture. As a result, the scope of this study might be summarized in Ullmann’s words: “Their chief occupation was the religious training of the common people and the education of the young, and in both of these departments they manifestly formed an epoch.”

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