The Heart of the Lutheran Church: Developing a Pietist Ecclesiology from its Lutheran Roots

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Theology (Th.M)


Historical Theology

First Advisor

Peter Erb


This study of Pietism, and specifically the development of Pietist ecclesiology, several important questions will be considered. How and where did German Pietism emerge, and who and what were its earliest influences? After establishing Pietism firmly within its context, it is then possible to understand how some of the more problematic components of Pietist ecclesiology emerged from their Lutheran roots--specifically the concept of the 'Priesthood of All Believers' and its related groups of pious individuals who met outside the church and were known as collegia pietatis.


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