The Pietist Impulse in Christianity

The Pietist Impulse in Christianity


Edited by Christian T. Collins Winn, Edited by Christopher Gehrz, Edited by G. William Carlson, Edited by E. Holst


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  • Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 366 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 252mm x 24mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0227680006
  • ISBN 13: 9780227680001
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,612,882

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Pietism is a reform movement originating among German Lutherans in the 17th century. It focused on personal faith, reacting against Lutheran Church's emphasis on doctrine and theology over Christian living. The movement quickly expanded, exerting an enormous influence on various forms of Christianity, and became concerned with social and educational matters. Indeed, Piestists showed a strong interest in issues of social and ecclesial reform, the nature of history and historical inquiry, the shape and purpose of theology and theological education, the missional task of the church, and social justice and political engagement. Though, the movement remained largely misunderstood, especially in Anglo-American contexts: negative stereotypes depicted Pietism as a quietist and sectarian form of religion, merely concerned with the "pious soul and its God". The main proposal of the editors of this volume is to correct this misunderstanding: assembling a deep collection of essays written by scholars from a variety of fields, this work demonstrates that Piestism was a movement characterized by great depth and originality. Besides, they show the vitality and impulse of Pietism today and emphasize the ongoing relevance of the movement for contemporary problems and questions.

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Author information

Christian T. Collins Winn is Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is author of "Jesus is Victor!" the Signi cance of the Blumhardts for the th eology of Karl Barth (2008) and Series Editor for the Blumhardt Series (Cascade Books). G. William Carlson is Professor of History and Political Science at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of numerous articles on Baptist General Conference history, Swedish Pietism, religion in the Soviet Union, and comparative evangelical political thought. Christopher Gehrz is Associate Professor of History and coordinator of the Christianity and Western Culture program at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Eric Holst is a graduate of Bethel Seminary, with an interest in contextual theology and theories of Christian education.

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'...a good entre into the complex world of the Pietists in Europe and America.' Craig D. Atwood, Church History, volume 81 "The essays share an effort to defend Pietism from charges that the movement's emphasis upon religious experience and regeneration frequently degenerated into individualism and anti-intellectualism, an egregious charge for authors defending and promoting pietism as the key to evangelical higher education." Carter Lindberg, Catholic Historical Review July 2013 '[This volume] remains a good resource for selective reading based on research needs. The authors successfully dispel antiquated notions and demonstrate Pietism's rich intellectual and theological impact throughout history.' Hoon J. Lee, Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol.21, No.1, January 2014 " excellent introductory resource into the polyphone of voices comprising pietism within protestant Christianity, and yet communicates the intricacies, nuances, and regional diversities through its collection of easily accessible essays. [...] the work is not only a helpful text for those new to the study of pietism and its impact on global Christianity, it also continues to explore the deeper - and highly nuanced - impact pietism has had on Protestantism since the reformation." Joseph McGarry, University of Aberdeen, in Theological Book Review (tbr), Vol. 25, No.1, 2013

Table of contents

Foreword - James (Jay) H. Barnes III Foreword - Peter C. Erb Acknowledgments - Christian T. Collins Winn, Christopher Gehrz, and G. William Carlson Introduction - Christian T. Collins Winn, Christopher Gehrz, and G. William Carlson Part one: Pietism and the Pietist Impulse 1 Pietism: Myths and Realities - Roger E. Olson 2 Rendered "Odious" as Pietists: Anton Wilhelm Bohme's Conception of Pietism and the Possibilities of Prototype Theory - Peter James Yoder Part two: Continental German Pietism 3 The Origin of Pietist Notions of New Birth and the New Man: Alchemy and Alchemists in Gottfried Arnold and Johann Henrich Reitz - Douglas H. Shantz 4 The Common Priesthood and the Pietist Challenge for Ministry and Laity - Jonathan Strom 5 Gottfried Arnold Speaks English: A Radical Pietist Introduces His "Non-Partisan History" (1697) - James D. Smith III A Non-Partisan Church- and Heretic-History from the Beginning of the New Testament until the Year of our Lord 1688 - Gottfried Arnold (translated by Laura A. Verseput with James D. Smith III ) 6 Kinderbeten: A Tale of Hope and Prayer - Eric Swensson 7 Joachim Lange: Lutheran Pietist Theologian and Halle Apologist - Timothy M. Salo Part three: The Pietist Impulse under the Conditions of Modernity 8 Pietism and Enlightenment Theology's Historical Turn: The Case of Johann Salomo Semler - Eric Carlsson 9 From Pietism to Romanticism: The Early Life and Work of Friedrich Schleiermacher - Tenzan Eaghll 10 The Living Word and the Word of God: The Pietist Impulse in Kierkegaard and Grundtvig - Kyle A. Roberts Part four: Wesley the Pietist 11 John Wesley's Relations with the Lutheran Pietist Clergy in Georgia - Geordan Hammond 12 John Wesley and the Constantinian Fall of the Church: Historiographical Indications of Pietist Influence - Thomas Buchan 13 The "Strangely Warmed" Mind: John Wesley, Piety, and Higher Education - Shirley A. Mullen Part five: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Trans-Atlantic Scandinavian Pietism 14 The "Waldenstrom Party" in Swedish Politics, 1868 - 1917: Interpreting the Political Activism of the Swedish Awakening - Mark Safstrom 15 Lina Sandell, Berthe Kanutte Aarflot, and Bride Mysticism - Gracia Grindal 16 Swedish Pietism and American Revivalism: Kindred Spirits in the Evangelical Free Tradition - David M. Gustafson 17 "Faith Forms the Intellectual Task": The Pietist Option in Christian Higher Education - Kurt W. Peterson and R. J. Snell Part six: The Pietist Impulse in North American Christianity 18 Singing to the Lord a New Song: Hymnody and Liturgy in George Rapp's Harmony Society, 1805 - 1847 - Alice T. Ott 19 The Missional Piety of Madame Henriette Feller - Glen G. Scorgie 20 Pietist and Baptist: Examining the Influence of August Rauschenbusch - Cindy Wesley 21 The Inner Church is the Hope for the World: The Pietist Impulse in the Theology of Martin Luther King Jr. - Peter Goodwin Heltzel Part seven: The Pietist Impulse in Missions and Globalizing Christianity 22 German Pietism as a Major Factor in the Beginnings of Modern Protestant Missions - Richard V. Pierard 23 Pietism, Revivalism, and Medical Missions: The Concern for the Corporeality of Salvation in A. H. Francke, P. Parker, and G. Dowkontt - Christoffer H. Grundmann 24 Anonymous Pietists: Pietistic Consciousness in the Indigenous Gold Coast (Ghana) in the Pre-Basel Mission Era - Victor I. Ezigbo Part eight: Benediction 25 We of the Broken Body: Toward a Piety of Hope and Reconciliation - Emilie Griffin List of Contributors Index