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The Nazarenes Among the Serbs: Proselytism and/or Dissent?

  • Bojan Aleksov
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Abstract

The Calvinist minister Samuel Heinrich Fröhlich’s followers from Hungary, the so-called Nazarenes, became the fastest spreading and most remarkable religious movement in the Hungarian half of the Habsburg Empire and eventually in newly independent principality/kingdom of Serbia. Their success was explained by socio-economic deprivation among the urban proletariat and landless peasantry and the failure of the ‘big’ churches to address the issues of the empire’s numerous ethnic and linguistic minorities. This chapter traces and analyses the spread of the Nazarenes among the Serbs in order to elaborate on the potentially ethnic and confessional proclivity of the Orthodox Serbs in Hungary and Serbia to abandon their Church and the religion of their forefathers. In addition, it seeks to explain how the Nazarene expansion eventually stalled.

Keywords

Nazarenes Habsburg empire Kingdom of Serbia 

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