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1. Followers of K. v. Schwenkfeld.*

2. After Schwenkfeld's death they met occasionally, called themselves “Confessors of the Glory of Christ,” but did not organize. Ca. 200 of them emigrated to Pennsylvania 1734 to escape persecution, settling esp. in Montgomery, Bucks, Berks, and Lehigh Cos.; by 1782 they organized a ch.; 1st ch. built 1790.

3. They hold a Eutychian monophysite theory of deification of Christ's human nature. The Lord's Supper, symbol of Christ's humanity and divinity, is regarded as a means of spiritual nourishment, but without change of elements. The mode of baptism is regarded as unimportant; the sacrament's efficacy as a means of grace is denied. Since 1895 they no longer object to war, secret societies, and oaths.

4. The 1540 Schmalkaldic Convention of Prot. theologians condemned Sebastian Franck* and Schwenkfeld (CR 3, 985); the FC rejected 8 errors of Schwenkfeld (Ep XII 20–27; SD XII 28–35).

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