By Michelle A. Clifton-Soderstrom

ISBN-10: 1498211925

ISBN-13: 9781498211925

ISBN-10: 1606080415

ISBN-13: 9781606080412

From their theological and devotional writings to their social and ecclesial practices, the fathers and moms of Pietism boldly declared the moral spirit of the Christian religion. This seventeenth-century renewal circulate encouraged an easy Christian ethic through connecting Christian personality with the theological virtues of religion, desire, and love. They sought to domesticate those virtues via analyzing Scripture jointly, empowering the typical priesthood of believers, and fascinating in social and ecclesial reform towards the top of spreading the gospel. Pietism introduced jointly religion and lifestyles, be aware and deed, and piety and social reform in attempt to come again to the elemental trust within the energy of God's observe to engender religion and to rework human lifestyles. This publication celebrates Pietism's contribution by way of telling the tales of 3 early figures--Philipp Jakob Spener, Johanna Eleonora Petersen, and August Hermann Francke--as they attended to problems with classification, gender, poverty, and schooling in the course of the lens of scripture. as well as clarifying what historians name "one of the least understood activities within the background of Christianity," this booklet demanding situations a spiritual tradition that juxtaposes religion and social motion, and it rehabilitates the Pietist historical past and its critical position within the beginning of Evangelicalism.

"If dwelling absolutely and faithfully as fans of Christ this day in shiny group issues to you, learn this booklet. Angels, Worms, and Bogeys not just faithfully illuminates the prior, it additionally paints an image of what a devoted destiny will seem like for the church; alive in Christ, situated at the note, empowering the total humans of God to stay Christ incarnate in our global at the present time. This engagingly written and hugely obtainable quantity vividly captures a miles missed, usually misunderstood, yet very important interval in church history."
--Donn Engebretson
Vice-President of the Evangelical Covenant Church

"This primer at the social ethics of Pietism is lengthy late and such a lot welcome. Many Protestant traditions, in addition to streams of Catholicism and Judaism, remain formed by way of the natural mutuality of head, center, and fingers, demonstrating Pietism's modern relevance. the guts of Pietism-the glory of God and the great of one's neighbor-is common to non secular adventure and a lived religion. Clifton-Soderstrom writes boldly and compassionately as one rooted within the physique of Christ, the Church."
--Philip J. Anderson
Professor of Church History
North Park Theological Seminary

Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom is Assistant Professor of Theology & Ethics at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. She has released in magazine of drugs and Philosophy, Political Theology, and The Covenant Companion.

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