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From intellectual inquiry to spiritual practice to social reform, Pietism has exerted an enormous influence on various forms of Christianity and on Western culture more generally. However, this contribution remains largely unacknowledged or misunderstood in Anglo-American contexts because negative stereotypes--some undeserved, others deserved--tend to cast Pietism as a quietistic and sectarian form of religion interested in a narrow set of individualistic and spiritual concerns. In this volume, scholars from a ...
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The Pietist Impulse in Christianity

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Overview

From intellectual inquiry to spiritual practice to social reform, Pietism has exerted an enormous influence on various forms of Christianity and on Western culture more generally. However, this contribution remains largely unacknowledged or misunderstood in Anglo-American contexts because negative stereotypes--some undeserved, others deserved--tend to cast Pietism as a quietistic and sectarian form of religion interested in a narrow set of individualistic and spiritual concerns. In this volume, scholars from a variety of disciplines offer a corrective to this misunderstanding, highlighting the profound theological, cultural, and spiritual contribution of Pietism and what they term the "pietist impulse." The essays in this volume demonstrate that Pietism was a movement of great depth and originality that was not merely concerned with the "pious soul and its God." Rather, Pietists were from the beginning concerned with 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. In addition, the essays collected here fruitfully raise the question of the ongoing relevance of Pietism and the "pietist impulse" for contemporary problems and questions across disciplines and in the church at large.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621890621
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Princeton Theological Monograph Series , #155
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 798 KB

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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 Significance of the Blumhardts for the Theology of Karl Barth (2008) and Series Editor for the Blumhardt Series (Cascade Books). Christopher Gehrz is Associate Professor of History and coordinator of the Christianity and Western Culture program at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. 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. Eric Holst is a graduate of Bethel Seminary, with an interest in contextual theology and theories of Christian education.
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Table of Contents

Foreword James (Jay) H. Barnes III xi

Foreword Peter C. Erb xiii

Acknowledgments Christian T. Collins Winn Christopher Gehrz G. William Carlson xvii

Introduction Christian T. Collins Winn Christopher Gehrz G. William Carlson xix

Part 1 Pietism and the Pietist Impulse

1 Pietism: Myths and Realities Roger E. Olson 3

2 Rendered "Odious" as Pietists: Anton Wilhelm Bohme's Conception of Pietism and the Possibilities of Prototype Theory Peter James Yoder 17

Part 2 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 29

4 The Common Priesthood and the Pietist Challenge for Ministry and Laity Jonathan Strom 42

5 Gottfried Arnold Speaks English: A Radical Pietist Introduces His "Non-Partisan History" (1697) James D. Smith III 59

A Non-Partisan Church- and Heretic-History from the Beginning of the New Testament until the Year of our Lord 1688 Gottfried Arnold Laura A. Verseput James D. Smith III 63

6 Kinderbeten: A Tale of Hope and Prayer Eric Swensson 75

7 Joachim Lange: Lutheran Pietist Theologian and Halle Apologist Timothy M. Salo 82

Part 3 The Pietist Impulse under the Conditions of Modernity

8 Pietism and Enlightenment Theology's Historical Turn: The Case of Johann Salomo Semler Eric Carlsson 97

9 From Pietism to Romanticism: The Early Life and Work of Friedrich Schleiermacher Tenzan Eaghll 107

10 The Living Word and the Word of God: The Pietist Impulse in Kierkegaard and Grundtvig Kyle A. Roberts 120

Part 4 Wesley the Pietist

11 John Wesley's Relations with the Lutheran Pietist Clergy in Georgia Geordan Hammond 135

12 John Wesley and the Constantinian Fall of the Church: Historiographical Indications of Pietist Influence Thomas Buchan 146

13 The "Strangely Warmed" Mind: John Wesley, Piety, and Higher Education Shirley A. Mullen 161

Part 5 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 175

15 Lina Sandell, Berthe Kanutte Aarflot, and Bride Mysticism Gracia Grindal 187

16 Swedish Pietism and American Revivalism: Kindred Spirits in the Evangelical Free Tradition David M. Gustafson 199

17 "Faith Forms the Intellectual Task": The Pietist Option in Christian Higher Education Kurt W. Peterson R. J. Snell 215

Part 6 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 233

19 The Missional Piety of Madame Henriette Feller Glen G. Scorgie 245

20 Pietist and Baptist: Examining the Influence of August Rauschenbusch Cindy Wesley 257

21 The Inner Church is the Hope for the World: The Pietist Impulse in the Theology of Martin Luther King Jr. Peter Goodwin Heltzel 269

Part 7 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 285

23 Pietism, Revivalism, and Medical Missions: The Concern for the Corporeality of Salvation in A. H. Francke P. Parker G. Dowkontt Christoffer H. Grundmann 296

24 Anonymous Pietists: Pietistic Consciousness in the Indigenous Gold Coast (Ghana) in the Pre-Basel Mission Era Victor I. Ezigbo 307

Part 8 Benediction

25 We of the Broken Body: Toward a Piety of Hope and Reconciliation Emilie Griffin 319

List of Contributors 331

Index 337

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