A trusted guide into the inner realm where our spirits find strength to master life and live for God It is hard to exaggerate the significance of Innerland, either for Eberhard Arnold or his readers It absorbed his energies off and on for most of his adult life from World War I, when he published the first chapter under the title War A Call to Inwardness, to 1935, the last year of his life.Packed in metal boxes and buried at night for safekeeping from the Nazis, who raided the author s study a year before his death and again a year after it , Innerland was not openly critical of Hitler s regime Nevertheless, it attacked the spirits that animated German society its murderous strains of racism and bigotry, its heady nationalistic fervor, its mindless mass hysteria, and its vulgar materialism In this sense Innerland stands as starkly opposed to the zeitgeist of our own day as to that of the author s.At a glance, the focus of Innerland seems to be the cultivation of the spiritual life as an end in itself Nothing could be misleading In fact, to Eberhard Arnold the very thought of encouraging the sort of selfish solitude whereby people seek their own private peace by shutting out the noise and rush of public life around them is anathema He writes in The Inner Life These are times of distress We cannot retreat, willfully blind to the overwhelming urgency of the tasks pressing on society We cannot look for inner detachment in an inner and outer isolationThe only justification for withdrawing into the inner self to escape today s confusing, hectic whirl would be that fruitfulness is enriched by it It is a question of gaining within, through unity with eternal powers, a strength of character ready to be tested in the stream of the world Innerland, then, calls us not to passivity, but to action It invites us to discover the abundance of a life lived for God It opens our eyes to the possibilities of that inner land of the invisible where our spirit can find the roots of its strength and thus enable us to press on to the mastery of life we are called to by God Only there, says Eberhard Arnold, can our life be placed under the illuminating light of the eternal and seen for what it is Only there will we find the clarity of vision we need to win the daily battle that is life, and the inner anchor without which we will lose our moorings. Read The Inner Life: Inner Land--A Guide Into the Heart of the Gospel, Volume 1 – heartforum.co.uk
Eberhard was born in K nigsberg, East Prussia into an academic family He studied theology but, because of his views on infant baptism and his decision to leave the Lutheran church, he was refused his degree He changed majors to philosophy He married Emmy von Hollander and together they dedicated their lives in obedience to God s will This led to the beginning of community in 1920.Eberhard was criticized for his uncompromising faith, which cost him many friends Not wanting to form a separate sect, he always sought out others who felt as he did This led to a year s trip to North America 1930 31 to visit the Hutterites He was accepted as a minister and the Bruderhof became part of the larger Hutterian movement.When Hitler came to power in 1933 Eberhard spoke out clearly, recognizing early on the direction German politics were taking He spent the last years of his life preparing the Brotherhood for possible persecution Returning from a visit to government authorities in October 1933, he slipped and broke his leg a complicated fracture which ultimately led to his death.
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