Early German-American Evangelicalism

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Overview

The roots of American evangelical religion that have usually been traced to the Puritans also included numerous German immigrants. In this migration, a major stream of spirituality, heretofore unexplored in their primary sources, was the Reformed and Radical Pietism that originated in the Rhineland and contributed to the formation of the earliest indigenous expressions of American denominationalism. This volume contains annotated selections, most of which were previously unavailable in English, from Pietist authors representing that Rhineland spirituality. Each selection is preceded by a historical and theological introduction. The influence of each author upon the emerging expressions of German-American evangelicalism, the United Brethren in Christ and the Evangelical Association, is also indicated. These include the Otterbeins, Lampe, Tersteegen, and Stahlschmidt (reformed and reformed-leaning Pietists), the Berleberg Bible group (Radical Pietists), and Collenbusch and Hasenkamp (Neo-Pietists who were influenced by the Enlightenment).
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Editorial Reviews

Pennsylvania Magazine Of History and Biography
...footnotes are very useful...handsomely produced and well-indexed, including a useful...set of scriptural references. For the seasoned student interested in placing various strains of late North American Pietism in the proper trans-Atlantic context that extends back to the German Reformed theological insights, much can be gleaned from O'Malley's reflections...
Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
...footnotes are very useful...handsomely produced and well-indexed, including a useful...set of scriptural references. For the seasoned student interested in placing various strains of late North American Pietism in the proper trans-Atlantic context that extends back to the German Reformed theological insights, much can be gleaned from O'Malley's reflections...
Pennsylvania Magazine Of History And Biography
...footnotes are very useful...handsomely produced and well-indexed, including a useful...set of scriptural references. For the seasoned student interested in placing various strains of late North American Pietism in the proper trans-Atlantic context that extends back to the German Reformed theological insights, much can be gleaned from O'Malley's reflections....
Booknews
Contains annotated selections, most of which were previously unavailable in English, from authors representing the Reformed and Radical Pietism that originated in the Rhineland, and contributed to the formation of the earliest indigenous expressions of American denominationalism. Each selection is preceded by a historical and theological introduction. The influence of each author upon the emerging expressions of German-American evangelicalism, the United Brethren in Christ, and the Evangelical Association is also indicated. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810828735
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Pietist and Wesleyan Studies Series , #7
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 0.94 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Steven O'Malley is an American church historian with numerous publications in the Evangelical United Brethren tradition. He serves as the John T. Seamands Professor of Wesleyan Holiness History at Asbury Theological Seminary.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
I Introduction 1
II The United Brethren Confession of Faith and the Otterbeins 13
The Salvation-Bringing Incarnation 19
III Georg Gottfried Otterbein and the Heidelberg Catechism 43
Sermons on the Heidelberg Catechism 49
IV Johann Christian Stahlschmidt (1740-1825): The Man of God's Pilgerreise 107
A Pilgrim's Trip on Water and Land 116
V Gerhard Tersteegen: The Friend of God 143
The Way of Truth 166
VI Friedrich Adolf Lampe (1683-1729) and The Secret of the Covenant 233
Concerning Holiness, from The Secret of the Covenant of Grace (1732) 246
Holiness and the Destiny of the Church, from The Secret of the Covenant of Grace (1735) 255
VII Discipleship, Perfection, and the Critique of the Church 271
The Berleburg Bible Circle 271
Samuel Collenbusch and Johann Gerhard Hasenkamp: Enlightened Holiness 300
G. G. Otterbein's Foreword to His "Sermons" on the Catechism 318
Bibliography of Selected Titles 331
Index 335
About the Author 351
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