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The Origin and Continuing Impact of Pietism

Instructor: John Brenner

We will examine Pietism as an historic movement in Lutheranism and as a spirit that continues to this day. Students will learn that there are several different varieties of Pietism and will be made aware of some of the positive contributions of the movement. We will consider the conditions that give rise to Pietism and the challenges that Pietism poses to confessional Lutheranism. Students will have the opportunity to examine some of the literary works of Pietism and also the writings of some who opposed the movement. Participants will read and discuss in class Spener’s Pia Desideria, the literary work that gave rise to Lutheran Pietism.

We will be reading and discussing the book listed below. It is suggested that you read the book in advance. WLS Library has a couple of copies, otherwise you can get it on Amazon.
Philip Jacob Spener, Pia Desideria. translated, edited and with an introduction by Theodore G. Tappert. Fortress Press, 1964.

Advanced Degree Program(s): STM
Area of Study: Church History
Tuition: $400
Course Number: CH5036
Course Credits: 1.0
Dates Term Location
10/25/2023 to 10/27/2023 Northern Wisconsin District Satellite 2023 Fox Valley Lutheran, Appleton, WI View Courses
06/07/2021 to 06/09/2021 Western Wisconsin Satellite District - (1 credit courses run from June 7-9, 2021 and 1.5 credit courses run from June 7-10, 2021) Online View Courses