Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving An Evangelical Tradition
:The historical movement known as Pietism emphasized the response of faith and inward transformation as crucial aspects of conversion to Christ. Unfortunately, Pietism today is often equated with a "holier-than-thou" spiritual attitude, religious legalism, or withdrawal from involvement in society....
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:The historical movement known as Pietism emphasized the response of faith and inward transformation as crucial aspects of conversion to Christ. Unfortunately, Pietism today is often equated with a "holier-than-thou" spiritual attitude, religious legalism, or withdrawal from involvement in society.
In Reclaiming Pietism Roger Olson and Christian Collins Winn argue that classical, historical Pietism is an influential stream in evangelical Christianity and that it must be recovered as a resource for evangelical renewal. They challenge misconceptions of Pietism by describing the origins, development, and main themes of the historical movement and the spiritual-theological ethos stemming from it. The book also explores case studies of Pietism's influence on contemporary Christian theologians and spiritual leaders such as Richard Foster and Stanley Grenz.
Roger E. Olson (Ph.D., Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition and Reform, The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity and Diversity, and the editor of The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology He is also co-author of 20th-Century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age and Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God (both with the late Stan Grenz.
His most recent publications are Questions to All Your Answers: The Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith(Zondervan, 2007), The Pocket History of Evangelical Theology (InterVarsity Press, 2007), How to Be Evangelical without Being Conservative (Zondervan, 2008), Finding God in the Shack: Seeking Truth in a Story of Evil and Redemption (InterVarsity Press, 2009) and Universal Salvation: the Most Appealing Heresy (InterVarsity Press)
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