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Plain and Complex – the Old German Baptist Brethren


My aim was to gain a better understanding of the life experience of members of an American ‘Plain’ community. Like the better known Amish, the old order German Baptist Brethren (OGBB), Lee and Renee’s grouping, are clearly distinguished from the rest of society by their clothing, lifestyles and assumptive worlds. As with most old order groupings (there are quite a variety of these) the OGBB ban TVs, radio, DVDs, internet and musical instruments and adhere to a strict uniformity of dress and behaviour….


Tony Walsh is Head of the Department of Adult and Community Education and Director of the Centre for Studies in Irish Protestantism at Maynooth University. He is Currently organist of St. Canice’s C of I, Finglas, Dublin