A Companion to German Pietism, 1660-1800


A Companion to German Pietism offers an introduction to recent Pietism scholarship on both sides of the Atlantic, in German, Dutch, and English. The focus is upon early modern German Pietism, a movement that arose in the late 17th century German Empire within both Reformed and Lutheran traditions. It introduced a new paradigm to German Protestantism that included personal renewal, new birth, women-dominated conventicles, and millennialism. The “Introduction” offers a concise overview of modern research into German Pietism. The Companion is then organized according to the different worlds of Pietist existence—intellectual, devotional, literary-cultural, and social-political.
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Biographical Note

Douglas H. Shantz, PhD in History, University of Waterloo (1987), holds the Chair of Christian Thought in the Dept. of Religious Studies, University of Calgary. He has published books, articles, and chapters on German Pietism, including An Introduction to German Pietism (Johns Hopkins, 2013).

Review Quote

“handsomely produced … Riches and surprises abound in this substantial volume. All essays are of the highest quality.” Walter Sundberg, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota. In: Lutheran Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 3 (2016), pp. 351-352.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Contributors List of Illustrations Introduction: Douglas H. Shantz Part I The Theological World of German Pietism Chapter 1. Pietism and Protestant Orthodoxy: Markus Matthias Chapter 2. The Dutch Factor in German Pietism: Fred van Lieburg Chapter 3. Connectedness in Hope: German Pietism and the Jews: Peter Vogt Chapter 4. Anabaptists and Pietists: Influences, Contacts, and Relations: Astrid von Schlachta Chapter 5. Expectations of Philadelphia and the Heavenly Jerusalem in German Pietism: Claus Bernet Part II The Devotional and Experiential World of German Pietism Chapter 6. Pietists and Music: Tanya Kevorkian Chapter 7. The Conventicle Piety of the Radicals: Ryoko Mori Chapter 8. Pietist Connections with English Anglicans and Evangelicals: Scott Kisker Chapter 9. Pietism and trans-Atlantic Revivals: Steven O’Malley Part III The Literary and Cultural World of German Pietism Chapter 10. Pietist Experiences and Narratives of Conversion: Jonathan Strom Chapter 11. Pietism as a Translation Movement: Douglas H. Shantz Chapter 12. Pietism, Enlightenment, and Modernity: Martin Gierl Chapter 13. Pietism and the Archives: Paul Peucker Part IV The Social-Political World of German Pietism Chapter 14. Pietism and Gender: Self-modelling and Agency: Ulrike Gleixner Chapter 15. Pietism and Politics in Prussia and Beyond: Ben Marschke Chapter 16. German Pietism and the Origin of the Black Church in America: Craig Atwood Index of Persons and Places


The book offers a useful introduction to the field of German Pietism scholarship for graduate students and scholars of early modern Europe.