The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 5

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CHAPTER II
The Awakenings of
Eighteenth-Century Pietism

The appearance of pietism as an international program of church reform had a tremendous effect on Christian worship.1 It demanded a complete reorientation of preaching as well as the disciplines of prayer. The coming of pietism brought a more informal, private approach to worship. It emphasized the element of personal fellowship and gave great attention to spontaneous prayer and inspirational hymnody. While devotional prayer and devotional Bible study became important to the pietists, they tended to ignore the sacraments and relegated them to formal worship, which might or might not be important. Pietism was an international movement which found different expressions in the various national churches of Europe and America. While it reached its high tide in the eighteenth

1. On pietism in general see Martin Brecht, Klaus Deppermann, Ulrich Gäbler, and Hartmut Lehmann, Geschichte des Pietismus, 2 vols. (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1995); Dale W. Brown, Understanding Pietism (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1978); Heinrich Heppe, Geschichte des Pietismus und der Mystik in der reformierten Kirche (Leiden: Brill, 1879); John Charles Hoffman, “Pietism,” in New Catholic Encyclopedia, 17 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1968), 11:355; Ronald A. Knox, Enthusiasm: A Chapter in the History of Religion (London: Oxford University Press, 1950); Albrecht Ritschl, Die Geschichte des Pietismus, 3 vols. (Bonn: A. Marcus, 1880-86); M. Schmidt, “Pietismus,” in Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 3rd ed., 6 vols. (Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr [Paul Siebeck], 1957-65), 5:370-81; and F. Ernest Stoeffler, Continental Pietism and Early American Christianity (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1976).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface xiii
  • Chapter I - Moderatism 1
  • Chapter II - The Awakenings of Eighteenth-Century Pietism 69
  • Chapter III - New England 168
  • Chapter IV - Preaching in the Austro-Hungarian Empire 294
  • Chapter V - Franciscan Preaching in Spanish California 351
  • Chapter VI - Romanian Orthodoxy under the Turks 367
  • Chapter VII - The Russian Orthodox Church 389
  • Chapter VIII - Scotland 429
  • Chapter IX - Evangelical Anglicanism 541
  • Bibliography 579
  • Index 601
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