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Scriptural Practices

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This chapter analyses Abraham and Sergio's critique of the Old Colony, as well as their projects for the building of a community of believers; which, with the exception of Abraham's project in Roboré, have been disseminated in written form. It explores the process of creation and dissemination of alternative imaginations of the future. These texts contain an interpretation of the world within which the colonies and the authors' ideas of how to make a Christian community are embedded. The ostensive position of the Mennonites regarding texts and knowledge is that everything worth knowing comes from the Bible. The chapter shows that the strategies used by Abraham and Sergio in order to convince their readers of their point of view, and to induce change are based on the identification of the Old Colony with its purported nemesis, the Devil, the state, and the modern world.

Keywords:Abraham; Christian community; Mennonites; modern world; Old Colony; Roboré project; Sergio

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