Finalist for the 2015 Lilly Fellows Program Book Award
Finalist for the 2015 InterVarsity Press Readers’ Choice Awards
Publisher’s description: “In this groundbreaking volume, scholars associated with the Pietist tradition reflect on the Pietist approach to education. Key themes include holistic formation, humility and openmindedness, the love of neighbor, concern for the common good and spiritual maturity. Pietism sees the Christian college as a place that forms whole and holy persons. In a pluralistic and polarized society, such a vision is needed now more than ever.”
These thoughtful essays, representing many different academic disciplines, will hopefully usher Pietism back into evangelical discussions about faith and learning. They surely will inspire readers to think anew about the realities and ideals of Christ-centered higher education in the current age of ‘spiritual but not religious’ students. (Douglas Jacobsen & Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen, Messiah College)
Channeling the insights of their German and Scandinavian forebears, Christopher Gehrz and his colleagues articulate a fresh understanding of Christian higher education. Emphasizing the religious virtues of humility and love, they show why Pietism’s irenic sensibility is the perfect antidote to today’s culture wars. (John Schmalzbauer, Missouri State University)
Evangelical thinking on these matters takes a quantum leap with this volume. (Amos Yong, Fuller Theological Seminary)
…a significant work in that it defines and explains an underemphasized and even under-recognized tradition in Christian higher education. Editor Christopher Gehrz and his colleagues articulate what Douglas and Rhonda Jacobsen have shown before: that the widely celebrated “integration of faith and learning” concept is not the only viable model for explaining the mission of the Christian academy. (William Ringenberg, Taylor University)
The breadth of expertise [of the contributors] serves to reinforce the underlying thesis of the book: the Pietistic traditions of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Germany, nineteenth-century Sweden, and twentieth-century Minnesota can provide a “usable past” with which Christian colleges and universities in the twenty-first century can navigate the many challenges facing higher education. (Brant Himes, Azusa Pacific University)
…a refreshing blend of both theory and practice. (Jennifer Miller, Normandale Community College)
What Gehrz and other Bethel faculty members have managed to do… is remarkable. They have engaged and inspired Covenant scholars, as well as Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists, and several other traditions, in an ongoing discussion of the “useable past” that can be found in Pietism as it appears in the background of the history of American Christianity. (Mark Safstrom, University of Illinois-Champaign)
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Publisher’s description: “…scholars from a variety of disciplines offer a corrective to this misunderstanding, highlighting the profound theological, cultural, and spiritual contribution of Pietism and what they term the ‘pietist impulse.’ The essays in this volume demonstrate that Pietism was a movement of great depth and originality that was not merely concerned with the ‘pious soul and its God.'”
Understanding Pietism is critical for grasping the modern manifestations of Protestantism in Europe and North America. This impressive volume illustrates both the diversity and range of American research on Pietism and its promise for scholars on both sides of the Atlantic. (Hartmut Lehmann, Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte)
The editors of The Pietist Impulse have assembled a deep and far-ranging collection on an important theme in the history and practice of Christianity. Leading scholars from a variety of fields investigate a unifying theme in a refreshing number of methodological, chronological, and geographic permutations. These works demonstrate the vitality, the centrality, and the many possibilities of Pietist studies today. (Kate Carté Engel, Southern Methodist University)
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Selected Articles Available Online
- Biannual columns in Pietisten
- “‘We Will Remember Them,'” Books & Culture (January 2016, web-only)
- “Hearts Strangely Warmed,”Books & Culture (September/October 2015): 24-25.
- “Role of Pietist Universities: To Form Whole and Holy Persons,” The Covenant Companion, Sept. 2, 2015
- “Faith-Filled Tradition, New Vision,” Bethel Magazine (Summer 2015): 24-26.
- “An Immigrant Church,” Friends of Covenant History (Winter/Spring 2015): 3-4.
- Review of Douglas H. Shantz, An Introduction to German Pietism: Protestant Renewal at the Dawn of Modern Europe, in Mennonite Quarterly Review 88 (July 2014): 398-400.
- “Whole and Holy Persons: Pietism and Bethel University,” The Baptist Pietist Clarion 12 (March 2014): 3, 6.