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.
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).
“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
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:
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.