Pietism Study Group Resources


Pietism Studies Group Resources for H-Pietism

Mission statement:
H-Pietism promotes the academic study of pietism, broadly defined.  We welcome all interested scholars studying Pietism as an early modern religious movement in Europe (particularly Germany) and North America, as well as the many churches and religious communities, worldwide, which are descended from the Pietist and evangelical movements of the eighteenth century.  We are interested in the cultural as well as the theological and institutional manifestations of Pietism.  This is not a group dedicated to any religious agenda, but rather to promoting scholarly inquiry.

Pietism Studies Group Page

The Pietism Studies Group is an interest group affiliated with the American Society of Church History (ASCH), consists of scholars and others interested in the development of research in Pietism in Europe, North America, and around the globe.  Its participants include those interested in a wide spectrum of traditions, including those emanating from European state churches and free church traditions as well as those indigenous to North America.  In recent years, the PSG has organized a panel for the annual ASCH winter meeting.

Past Panels:

2012, Chicago: Pietism and Slavery
Chair: Christian T. Collins Winn (Bethel University)

Katherine Gerbner (Harvard University), “From Literacy to the Crucifixion: Moravian Mission Strategy in St. Thomas and Jamaica, 1732-1760”

Jan Hüsgen (University of Hannover, Germany), “Moravian Mission and Slave Emancipation in the British and Danish Caribbean”

Valerie Cooper (University of Virginia), “Equality in an Age of Inequality”

Comment: Jon Sensbach (University of Florida)

2011, Boston: Protestants and the Sacrality of Marriage in the Early Modern World
Chair: Paul Peucker, Moravian Archives, Bethlehem

Stefania Salvadori (University of Mainz), “Marriage and Pietism in the Old Holy Roman Empire”

Marianne S. Wokeck (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), “Redefining Traditions in the Diaspora: The Role of the Pastor’s Wife among German-Speaking Protestant Immigrants in the Mid-Atalntic Colonies”

A.Gregg Roeber (Penn State University), “Pseudo-Sacrament and the Contested Contract: Pietism, Polygamy, and the Moravian Challenge on Marriage, 1706-1750”

Comment: Susan Klepp, Temple University

2010, San Diego: Life on the Fringes: Biography and the Changing Face of Eighteenth-Century Pietism
Chair: Katherine Carté Engel, Texas A&M University

Benjamin Marschke (Humbolt University), “Crypto-Pietists: Sympathy, Support, and Silence in the Biographies of Prussian courtiers, c. 1690-1740”

Lucinda Martin (Center of Excellence, Enlightenment-Religion-Knowledge, Halle-Wittenberg), “Life as Text: The Esoteric Sources of Pietist Biography”

Rachel Wheeler, (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), “Diplomat, Visionary, Father: A Mohican Life on Pennsylvania’s Frontier”

Comment: Paul Peucker, Moravian Archives, Bethlehem

2009, New York: Rethinking Radical Pietism and its Trans-Atlantic Setting
Chair: Craig Atwood, Wake Forest University

Jonathan Strom (Emory University), Friedrich Breckling (1629–1711) and Radical Protestantism in Germany

Douglas H. Shantz (University of Calgary), The Influence of Rosicrucianism and Michael Maier upon Gottfried Arnold: A Response to W.R. Ward's Study of Early Evangelicalism

Rosalind J. Beiler (University of Central Florida), Creating a Christian Community in Pennsylvania: Late Seventeenth-Century Radical Pietism from an Atlantic Perspective

Comment: Craig Atwood, Wake Forest University

2008, Washington, D.C.,: Rediscovering the Controversial Moravians of the 18th Century
Chair: Douglas H. Shantz, University of Calgary

Jared Burkholder (Augustana College), Anglo-Moravians and “Tennentist” Propaganda: The Nature of Moravian-New Light Relations in the Delaware Valley, 1741-1748

Jonathan Yonan (Temple University), “The Dirty Nonsense of the Moravian Enthusiasm”: Re-Examining Archbishop Herring’s 1753 Anti-Moravian Campaign

Kate Carté Engel (Texas A&M University), Casting Lots: German and Indian Moravians during the Paxton Boys Crisis

Comment: David A. Schatttschneider, Moravian Theological Seminary

2007, Atlanta: The Transmission of Pietist Language and Hymnody in the Eighteenth Century
Chair: Jonathan Strom, Emory University

Ingrid Lelos, (University of Texas at Austin),  An International Hymnody: Translating German Pietism into American Methodism

Patrick Erben, (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and University of West Georgia),  Beyond Babel: Pietist Linguistic Theories and the Moravian Missions in the New World

Dianne M. McMullen, (Union College), Musical Connections between Early Eighteenth-Century Halle and Late Eighteenth-Century Moravia

Comment: Craig Atwood, Wake Forest University