How to Get to Heaven With the Hutterites TV - William Roscoe Estep - Claus Felbinger - Jacob Hutter -
In the middle of the Canadian prairies, a hundred kilometres from the nearest city, there lives a group of people who have separated themselves from what they refer to as the world. They are called Hutterites and this place is a colony. How to Get to Heaven With the Hutterites, BBC 2013
Just under a hundred men, women and children live in Maple Grove Colony. There are five hundred colonies in North America. ibid.
Hutterites can only marry Hutterites. ibid.
When most of Europe was still illiterate, the Huttterites had established a system of primary schools. Among them education was compulsory. They believed that their movement depended on an educated people who could practice discipleship in light of New Testament teachings. Of course, the state churches felt no such need. Their religion was primarily in the hands of religious professionals. The layman’s chief function in such ecclesiastical systems was to obey. For this purpose ignorance served as well as, if not better than, knowledge. William Roscoe Estep, The Anabaptist Story
We are accused also of condemning all who are not of our mind and who act not as we do. That we deny. We condemn no man, but we show to men their reprobate life and warn them of condemnation. Claus Felbinger, cited Estep
We do not want to harm any human being, not even our worst enemy. Our walk of life is to live in truth and righteousness of God, in peace and unity … If all the world were like us there would be no war and no injustice. Jacob Hutter, cited Estep