The Rise and Fall of American Lutheran Pietism

The Rise and Fall of American Lutheran Pietism

4 HENRY M. MUHLENBERG : PIETIST The widespread diffusion of German Pietism within Lutheranism and the entire religious culture of colonial North America was chiefly due to the prodigious missionary efforts of Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg ...

Author: Paul P. Kuenning

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 0865543062

Category: Abolitionists

Page: 308

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Categories: Abolitionists

Reclaiming Pietism

Reclaiming Pietism

The material here, about pre-Civil War Pietist Lutheranism, comes mainly from the excellent book The Rise and Fall of American Lutheran Pietism by Paul P. Kuenning (Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1988). 37. Kuenning, The Rise and ...

Author: Roger E. Olson

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9781467443197

Category: Religion

Page: 204

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The historical movement known as Pietism emphasized the response of faith and inward transformation as crucial aspects of conversion to Christ. Unfortunately, Pietism today is often equated with a “holier-than-thou” spiritual attitude, religious legalism, or withdrawal from involvement in society. In this book Roger Olson and Christian Collins Winn argue that classical, historical Pietism is an influential stream in evangelical Christianity and that it must be recovered as a resource for evangelical renewal. They challenge misconceptions of Pietism by describing the origins, development, and main themes of the historical movement and the spiritual-theological ethos stemming from it. The book also explores Pietism’s influence on contemporary Christian theologians and spiritual leaders such as Richard Foster and Stanley Grenz. Watch a 2015 interview with the authors of this book here:
Categories: Religion

The Old Religion in a New World

The Old Religion in a New World

Americanization continued in the next generation , especially under the direction of Samuel Simon Schmucker ... For general accounts , see Paul P. Kuenning , The Rise and Fall of American Lutheran Pietism : The Rejection of an Activist ...

Author: Mark A. Noll

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802849482

Category: Religion

Page: 356

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A foremost historian of religion chronicles the arrival of Christianity in the New World, tracing the turning points in the development of the immigrant church which have led to today's distinctly American faith.
Categories: Religion

The Pietist Impulse in Christianity

The Pietist Impulse in Christianity

Muhlenberg, 1955); Paul Kuenning, The Rise and Fall of American Lutheran Pietism: The Rejection of an Activist Heritage (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1988). 21. Burtchaell, Dying of the Light, 462–64. 22.

Author: Christian T. Collins Winn

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781621890621

Category: Religion

Page: 366

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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 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.
Categories: Religion

Pietism Revivalism and Modernity 1650 1850

Pietism  Revivalism and Modernity  1650 1850

The book was circulated as a proposal, and gained a large degree of acceptance within American Protestant circles, ... For the nineteenth century, see Paul P. Kuenning, The Rise and Fall of American Lutheran Pietism: The Rejection of an ...

Author: Fred van Lieburg

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527563230

Category: History

Page: 300

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Pietism can be understood either as a specific German theological tradition emanating from late seventeenth-century reformers as Spener and Francke or as a wider range of practical piety characterising early modern movements as Protestant Puritanism and Methodism as well as Catholic Jansenism. Trying an inclusive definition, an international network programme was set up, resulting in a first conference in the Netherlands in 2004, which addressed the question whether Pietism was to be seen as a consequence of or a reaction to confessionalisation in the Reformation era. A similar approach was chosen for a second conference, held in the Swedish university town of Umeå on November 17-18, 2005. Should Pietism be perceived as a promoter of or a reaction against modernity? Are revivals and awakenings to be seen as inherent components of Pietism? Or should they rather be viewed as new sociological phenomena integrated into Pietism on a later stage? Which components of pious theology and practice were applied and what function did they serve in clerical and civil discourse? Either way, how do revivals relate to Pietism, and how do they relate to Enlightenment? This volume presents the proceedings of an inspiring conference, taking a further step in the ‘globalisation’ of Pietism studies, as is demonstrated here in particular by the power of research in the Nordic area. Above all, this collection of papers helps to understand Pietism and revivalism as attempts to resist the breakthrough of secularizing tendencies in the modern world. While doing so, they themselves at the same time were modern in building up a counteroffensive of rechristianization, using all contemporary means of communication and organization in the public sphere, adapting their own traditions to new political and cultural contexts, and creating constructions of the religious past.
Categories: History

Salzburger Migrants and Communal Memory in Georgia

Salzburger Migrants and Communal Memory in Georgia

649 Kuenning's terminology – Kuenning, The Rise and Fall of American Lutheran Pietism, 53. 650 Granquist, Lutherans in America, 125. 651 Russell C. Kleckley, “Abolition and Confessionalism in 'Our Southern Zion': The Civil War and ...

Author: Christine Marie Koch

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783643912992


Page: 504

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The book investigates processes and strategies of remembering the so-called Georgia Salzburger exiles, German-speaking immigrants in the 18th century British colony of Georgia. The longitudinal study explores the construction of Georgia Salzburger memory in what is today Austria, Germany and the United States from the 18th to the 21st century. The focus is set on processes of memoria throughout three centuries at the intersections between the creation of German-American, Lutheran, U.S.-American and `Southern' identity, memories of migration, nativism and Whiteness.

The Megachurch and the Mainline

The Megachurch and the Mainline

On pietism in Europe and the American colonies, see Nelson, Lutherans in North America, 39–77; Kuenning, Rise and Fall, 7–96. 25. The new measures included meetings that lasted from several hours to several weeks; all-night prayer ...

Author: Stephen Ellingson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226204925

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Religious traditions provide the stories and rituals that define the core values of church members. Yet modern life in America can make those customs seem undesirable, even impractical. As a result, many congregations refashion church traditions so they may remain powerful and salient. How do these transformations occur? How do clergy and worshipers negotiate which aspects should be preserved or discarded? Focusing on the innovations of several mainline Protestant churches in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stephen Ellingson’s The Megachurch and the Mainline provides new understandings of the transformation of spiritual traditions. For Ellingson, these particular congregations typify a new type of Lutheranism—one which combines the evangelical approaches that are embodied in the growing legion of megachurches with American society’s emphasis on pragmatism and consumerism. Here Ellingson provides vivid descriptions of congregations as they sacrifice hymns in favor of rock music and scrap traditional white robes and stoles for Hawaiian shirts, while also making readers aware of the long history of similar attempts to Americanize the Lutheran tradition. This is an important examination of a religion in flux—one that speaks to the growing popularity of evangelicalism in America.
Categories: Social Science

Pietism and the Sacraments

Pietism and the Sacraments

Jung, Martin H. “The Impact of Pietism on Culture and Society in Germany.” In Religion as an Agent of Change: Crusades—Reformation—Pietism, edited by Per Ingesman, 211–30. ... The Rise and Fall of American Lutheran Pietism.

Author: Peter James Yoder

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271088464

Category: Religion

Page: 221

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Considered by many to be one of the most influential German Pietists, August Hermann Francke lived during a moment when an emphasis on conversion was beginning to produce small shifts in how the sacraments were defined—a harbinger of later, more dramatic changes to come in evangelical theology. In this book, Peter James Yoder uses Francke and his theology as a case study for the ecclesiological stirrings that led to the rise of evangelicalism and global Protestantism. Engaging extensively with Francke’s manuscript sermons and writings, Yoder approaches Francke’s life and religious thought through his theology of the sacraments. In doing so, Yoder delivers key insights into the structure of Francke's Pietist thought, providing a rich depiction of his conversion-driven theology and how it shaped his views of the sacraments and the church. The first in-depth study of Francke’s theology written for an English-speaking audience, this book supports recent scholarship in English that not only challenges long-held assumptions about Pietism but also argues for the role of Pietism’s influence on the changing religious landscape of the eighteenth century. Through his examination of Francke’s theology of the sacraments, Yoder presents a fresh view into the eighteenth-century ecclesiological developments that caused a rupture with the dogmas of the Reformation. Original and vital, this study recognizes Francke’s importance to the history of Pietism in Germany and beyond. It will become the standard reference on Francke for American audiences and will influence scholarship on Lutheranism, Pietism, early modern German studies, and eighteenth-century history and religion.
Categories: Religion

Transatlantische Religionsgeschichte

Transatlantische Religionsgeschichte

Völlig mißlungen und ärgerlich oberflächlich dagegen Paul P. Kuenning , The Rise and Fall of American Lutheran Pietism . The Rejection of an Activist Heritage , Macon , GA 1988 . II Bremer , Congregational Communion .

Author: Hartmut Lehmann

Publisher: Wallstein Verlag

ISBN: 383530092X

Category: Europe

Page: 172

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Categories: Europe

Historical Dictionary of Lutheranism

Historical Dictionary of Lutheranism

Evenson, George O. Adventuring for Christ: The Story of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada. ... Kuenning, Paul P. The Rise and Fall of American Lutheran Pietism: The Rejection of an Activist Heritage. Macon, Ga.

Author: Günther Gassmann

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810874824

Category: Religion

Page: 560

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The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Lutheranism presents information on major theological issues, historical developments of Lutheranism worldwide, Lutheran ecumenical and missionary involvement and activities, worship and liturgy, spirituality, social ethics, inter-religious and Jewish relations, Lutheranism and the arts, theology, and important representatives of Lutheranism. This is done through a detailed chronology, an introductory essay, an appendix of Lutheran Churches, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Lutheranism.
Categories: Religion