Pietism is increasingly recognized as the most important
movement in Protestant Christianity since the Reformation of the
sixteenth century. Simply put, early Protestant reformers were
concerned with reforming the doctrine and beliefs of Christians
whereas the Pietiest leaders were concerned with reforming the
lives and behavior of Christians. This, coupled with other
disagreements, led to calls for separation, which in turn gave rise
to the movement best described as radical Pietism.
German Radical Pietism introduces the English reader to the research of the major contemporary scholar of radical Pietism, Hans Schneider. Originally appearing in the comprehensive study of the history of Pietism that appeared in the 1990s, Schneider's research considers historical treatment of the major figures, movements, and ideas of the radical wing of German Pietism in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. These developments are set in their historical and social contexts, thereby providing the first definitive treatment in English of this movement as a whole.
Radical Pietism's seminal role in the emergence of modern religious communities—including Quakers, Brethren, and precursors of contemporary United Methodism, as well as a range of perfectionist communities in early American history—has only begun to be adequately assessed, and this study should be a critical resource in furthering that research. This work is one of the few studies available in English that addresses the important German historical work on Pietism from the late twentieth century. A definitive bibliography of recent research in radical Pietism is included to provide further reading on this important topic.
Part 1 Foreword
Part 2 Series Editor's Preface
Part 3 Translator's Note
Part 4 List of Abbreviations
Part 5 Part I: German Radican Pietism in the Seventeenth Century
Chapter 6 1 The Roots, Origin, and Terminology of Radical Pietism
Chapter 7 2 Outline of the Developments in the Seventeenth Century
Part 8 Part II: German Radical Pietism in the Eighteenth Century
Chapter 9 3 The Petersens and the Early Period of the Philadelphian Movement in Germany
Chapter 10 4 Reconciliation with the Church? Arnold-Horch-König
Chapter 11 5 The Separatists in Wittgenstein and in the Wetterau
Chapter 12 6 Divergent Expressions
Chapter 13 7 Berleburg and the Late Flowering of the Philadelphian Movement
Part 14 Part III: German Radical Pietism in Recent Research
Chapter 15 8 Historical Development of the Terminology Related to Pietism
Chapter 16 9 Two Interpretive Models and Their Implications for Radical Pietism Research: Hirsch and Schmidt
Chapter 17 10 Hirsch and Schmidt Reprise: Fundamental Problems, State of Research
Part 18 Bibliography
Part 19 Name Index
Part 20 Subject Index
This translation is a most welcome addition to the growing scholarly literature available in English on this important topic.For newcomers to the study of Pietism and for scholars interested in the Pietist roots of the Brethren, Quaker, and Methodist traditions, the bibliography alone is worth the price of the book.
Gerald MacDonald has made a significant contribution to the study of Christian history.
This translation is a most welcome addition to the growing scholarly literature available in English on this important topic. For newcomers to the study of Pietism and for scholars interested in the Pietist roots of the Brethren, Quaker, and Methodisttraditions, the bibliography alone is worth the price of the book....
Schneider (church history, U. of Marburg) tracks the development of German Pietism in the seventeenth century and its influence in the eighteenth on a number of leading thinkers in a range of reform movements within the Protestant contingent. He tracks pietism's geographical and theological shifts (his chapters on the Philadelphian movement in Germany are particularly interesting) and notes efforts at reconciliation with the mainstream, details splits and schisms, some of which depended on charismatic leaders, and describes new research that indicates there are two models of contemporary pietism based on the structures set by Hirsch and Schmidt.
Hans Schneider is professor of church history at the University of Marburg, Germany.