Johann Arndt: A Prophet of Lutheran Pietism

Johann Arndt: A Prophet of Lutheran Pietism

by Daniel van Voorhis


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This is the story of the most significant devotional author of the seventeenth century in his first full English language biography. Using previously unknown letters as a few of the resources, this story aims to recreate the theological, sometimes magical, and social worlds of Johann Arndt.

Arndt was regarded by his peers and successive generations as either the most significant Reformer since Luther, or an uneducated and dangerous element within the Lutheran church. Later commentators have given Arndt the credit, or blame, for the founding of the Pietist movement. Arndt was a central figure in the forging of various Lutheran “orthodoxies” of the early seventeenth century and thus the first generation to attempt an interpretation of the Lutheran Confessions of Faith. He is challenged by some on the conservative right for his mystical influences, but was a hero to orthodox Lutheran Johann Gerhard. He did more than found the pietist tradition (which he actually may or may not have); he also became the father of a Lutheran spiritual, maybe mystical tradition. While this movement would only last in more extreme forms of the Lutheran church, the argument from Arndt, Gerhard, and others was that this tradition was not in conflict with the teachings of the Lutheran Confessions. It’s a movement that almost was, and lives on in whispers in the church today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945978067
Publisher: New Reformation Publications
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Daniel van Voorhis earned a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in the field of history. He served as Assistant Dean in the School of Arts and Sciences for Concordia University, Irvine, where he was Associate Professor of History, founding faculty member of the student group CUI Bono. His book, Monsters: Addiction, Hope, Ex-Girlfriends and Other Dangerous Things, was released in 2017. Dan continues in his role as co-host of the Virtue in the Wasteland podcast and recently stepped away from the world of academia to pursue his vocation as the Director of the League of Faithful Masks and Scholar-in-Residence of the 1517 Legacy Project.

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