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The Diggers were a group of the Levellers, an important political party in the time of Cromwell in England. Their name indicates their effort to convert idle land into a farm for the establishment of a colony of a religious communistic brotherhood. This is not the only aspect in which they resembled the Hutterian Brethren in Moravia. The Diggers, or "True Levellers" as they also called themselves, were, with the entire group of Levellers, a part of the great Anabaptist movement that emanated from Central Europe. Like the Anabaptists, who were principally of the lower social strata, the Diggers were also landless, and again like them, they were concerned with religious and social renewal. It was in their manner of achieving this aim that they differed from the Anabaptists.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: I, 448.

Troeltsch, Ernest. The Social Teachings of the Christian Churches. London: Allen & Unwin; New York: Macmillan, 1931.

Author(s) Ernst H Correll
Date Published 1956

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