By T.J. Saxby
The heritage of Jean de Labadie and the Labadists has re ceived recognition over the years. that focus, besides the fact that, has typically fallen brief in its tracing of Labadie's 'double migration'. Disaffected with the verified church order of his day and influenced through a feeling of prophetic mis sion to set up back the lifetime of the primitive church, this religious nomad wandered from France to Switzerland, then to the United Provinces, Germany and Denmark, in keeping with the vicissitudes of the days. As he went, he replaced his affiliations from 'high' church ever 'lower', from the bosom of Rome to Calvinism, then to congregational separatism. therefore there was abundant cause to regard Labadie's existence and ministry episodically, be it a geographical or denominational episode, and a fantastic grounding may be had through piecing to gether a number of of those (all indexed in bibliography half D): M. de Certeau at the Jesuit years; X. de Bonnault d'Houet on his remain at Amiens; A-L. Bertrand at the 'lost years' from Amiens to Montauban; J-H. Gerlach and W. Goeters at the schism at Middelburg; P. Scheltema on Amsterdam; L. Holscher and G. E. Guhrauer on Herford; J. Lieboldt and H. von Schubert on Altona; B. B. James and H. C. Murphy at the colony in Maryland; L. Knappert on that during Surinam; and any variety of professionals at the Labadists in Friesland. but there are sig nificant gaps.
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