The Pietist Option: Hope For the Renewal of Christianity
: Historian Mark Noll has written that historic Pietism "breathed a badly needed vitality" into post-Reformation Europe. Now the time has come for Pietism to revitalize Christianity in post-Christendom America. In The Pietist Option , Christopher Gehrz, a historian...
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Historian Mark Noll has written that historic Pietism "breathed a badly needed vitality" into post-Reformation Europe. Now the time has come for Pietism to revitalize Christianity in post-Christendom America.
In The Pietist Option, Christopher Gehrz, a historian of Pietism, and Mark Pattie, a pastor in the Pietist tradition, show how Pietism holds great promise for the church-and the world-today. Modeled after Philipp Spener's 1675 classic, Pia Desideria, this timely book makes a case for the vitality of Pietism in our day.
Taking a hard look at American evangelicalism and why it needs renewal, Gehrz and Pattie explore the resources that Pietism can provide the church of the twenty-first century. This concise and winsome volume serves as a practical guide to the Pietist ethos for life and ministry, pointing us toward the renewal so many long for.
The Pietist Option introduces Pietism to those who don't know it-and reintroduces it to those who perceive it as an outdated and inward-focused spirituality, a nitpicking divisiveness, or an anti-intellectual withdrawal. With its emphasis on our walk with Jesus and its vibrant hope for a better future, Pietism connects decisively with the ideas and issues of our day. Here is a revitalizing option for all who desire to be faithful and fruitful in God's mission.
Christopher Gehrz (PhD, Yale) is professor of history and chair of the history department at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also helps coordinate the Christianity and Western Culture program and contributes to the program's podcast. He is the coeditor of The Pietist Impulse in Christianity.
- :introduction: "come Back To Jesus"
- <strong>part I: Christianity In The Early Twenty-first Century</strong>
- 1. What's Wrong? 2. Hoping For Better Times
- <strong>part Ii: Proposals For Renewal</strong>
- 3. A More Extensive Listening To The Word Of God4. The Common Priesthood For The Common Good5. Christianity As Life6. The Irenic Spirit: Unity, Mission, And Witness7. Whole-person, Whole-life Formation8. Proclaiming The Good News
- Benediction: "like A Tree Planted By Water"appendix: Learn More About Pietismstudy Guidenotesname Indexscripture Index