Pietism and Community in Europe and North America, 1650-1850


Volume Editor: Jonathan Strom
Pietist movements challenged traditional forms of religious community, group formation, and ecclesiology. Where many older accounts have emphasized the individual and subjective nature of Pietists to the exclusion of community, one of the hallmarks of Pietism has been the creation of groups and experimentation with new forms of religious association and sociality. The essays presented here reflect the diverse ways in which Pietists struggled with the tension between the separation from the “world” and the formation of new communities from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century in Europe and North America. Presenting a range of methodological perspectives, the authors explore the processes of community formation, the function of communicative networks, and the diversity of Pietist communities within the context of early modern religious and cultural history.

Religious History and Culture Series – Volume 4

Subseries Editors: Joris van Eijnatten & Fred van Lieburg

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Jonathan Strom, Ph.D. (1996) in Religion, University of Chicago, is Associate Professor of Church History at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He has published widely on the late Reformation and Pietism, including Orthodoxy and Reform: The Clergy in Seventeenth Century Rostock (Tübingen, 1999).
Subseries Editors:
Joris van Eijnatten & Fred van Lieburg


Jonathan Strom

Hans Schneider
Understanding the Church – Issues of Pietist Ecclesiology
Wolfgang Breul
Marriage and Marriage-Criticism in Pietism: Philipp Jakob Spener, Gottfried Arnold, and Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf

Marcus Meier
The “Little Church” of Johann Amos Comenius and Philipp Jakob Spener:
Approaches to Church Reform with a Comprehensive Social Perspective

Douglas H. Shantz
Communal Diversity in Radical German Pietism: Contrasting Notions of Community in Conrad Bröske and Johann Henrich Reitz

Benjamin Marschke
"Wir Halenser"
The Understanding of Insiders and Outsiders among Halle Pietists in Prussia under Frederick William I (1713-1740)

Thomas P. Bach
G.A. Francke and the Halle Communication Network: Protection, Politics, and Piety

Gerald MacDonald
Pietism as a Threat to the Social Order: Pietist Communities in Jena, 1727-1729
Lutz Greisiger
Israel in the Church and the Church in Israel: The Formation of Jewish Christian Communities as a Proselytising Strategy within and outside the German Pietist Mission to the Jews of the Eighteenth Century

Gisela Mettele
Identities across Borders—The Moravian Brethren as a Global Community

Paul Peucker
Pink, White, and Blue: Function and Meaning of the Colored Choir Ribbons with the Moravians

Alexander Pyrges
Network Clusters and Symbolic Communities: Communitalization in the Eighteenth-Century Protestant Atlantic World

James Van Horn Melton
The Pastor and the Schoolmaster: Language, Dissent, and the Struggle over Slavery in Colonial Ebenezer

Alice T. Ott
Community in “Companies”: The Conventicles of George Rapp’s Harmony Society compared to those in Württemberg Pietism and the Brüderunität

Andre Swanström
Gustaf Gisselkors, Jacob Kärmäki and the final stages of Ostrobothnian Separatism

Arne Bugge Amundsen
Haugeanism between Liberalism and Traditionalism in Norway, 1796-1845

Anders Jarlert
Pietism and Community in Magnus Friedrich Roos’s Dialogue Books
Samuel Koehne
Pietism as Societal Solution: The Foundation of the Korntal Brethren (Korntaler Brüdergemeinde)

Hartmut Lehmann
The Communities of Pietists as Challenge and as Opportunity in the Old World and the New


List of Contributors
Those interested in religious and cultural history, early modern history, Pietism, revivalism, religion in America, as well as the history of Christianity in Germany and Scandinavia.