Plymouth Brethren Christian Church
Comparatively little has been written for the general public about the history of the Exclusive Brethren, aside from early broad history, and more specifically the branch known as the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, that is of a neutral or positive nature. There have been countless autobiographies, independent websites, social media groups, and such of ex-PBCC members, but they are largely slanted in an anti-PBCC manner, unfortunately, with respect to their perspective and experiences, and the PBCC has, at times, responded in a like manner at particularly inflammatory material. There is no ambition to list anti-PBCC publications on this site, so as not to promote unnecessary division or turmoil for those the Lord has used the PBCC to draw to Himself.
Brethren groups tend towards a reluctant admission of being part of the said movement, or using the PB title, primarily when cornered with questions of their general history along with a standard theoretical apologetic on why it shouldn't be branded a denomination, of which countless books, pamphlets and articles have been written over the years as educational material towards this ambition. The PBCC are figured to be the original Plymouth Brethren of the initial Exclusive branch in 1848, and are the only faction to retain the term "Plymouth Brethren" proactively in their promotional material.
The PBCC should be credited for contributing a wide variety of Bible teachers to the printing world, nearly everyone affiliated the Brethren with a modest library has at least a few favorite authors who served in leadership with what is now the PBCC, including:
- John Gifford Bellett
- John Nelson Darby
- James George Deck
- Frederick William Grant
- Thomas Kelly
- Charles Henry Mackintosh
- Andrew Miller
- Benjamin Wills Newton
- Frederick George Patterson
- Samuel Ridout
- Charles Stanley
- William Henry Westcott
- George Vicesimus Wigram
- Walter Thomas Prideaux Wolston
The popular radio personality, Garrison Keillor, was also raised within one of the branches of the Exclusive Brethren, and the mystic devotional author and church planter, Watchman Nee, was also affiliated for a time.
- History of the Work of God in America by Philip Franklin Jensen (1897-1972)
- The Plymouth Brethren by Massimo Introvigne, Oxford University Press, 2018; Billed as "the first academic book about the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, written by an informed outsider". Massimo has written over sixty books on various religious minority groups, and is the director of the CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions) in Torino, Italy.
- BAHN Review of Massimo Introvigne's forementioned volume