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.
Hans Schneider is professor of church history at the University of Marburg, Germany.
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-Koenig 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