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Master of Theology (Th.M)
Scripture References in this Resource
Acts 2:42; Ephesians 5:19
The Period of. Pietism, from approximately 1670 to approximately 1750, is one of the areas in the history or the Lutheran Church which has not received much consideration in the English language. Particularly is this true 1n regard to the effects of Pietism upon the traditional worship practice of the Lutheran Church. Aside from brief references which generally attribute considerable liturgical deterioration to the Pietistic Period, not much appears on this subject in the English language. Although there are more extensive studies of Pietism in the German language, yet; even here the details of the liturgical -- or; anti-liturgical -- activity of the Pietists are difficult to find. To the author’s knowledge, there is no one book, either in English or in German, which treats this whole subject.
Because of the lack of read1ly available and detailed information in this area, we had a. desire to know more of what the Pietists actually did in regard to the worship life of the Lutheran Church and its liturgical practices. Did Pietism's stress on the individual's personal life hinder' or promote the corporate worship of the Lutheran Church? Did it hinder or help the Liturgy, preaching, the Confession of sins, the Holy Eucharist, and the historic Eucharistic vestments? To what extent did Pietistic subjectivity penetrate into the life of the Church? Did it have an effect on the sacramental consciousness within the Lutheran Church? What are the facts in greater detail?
Dequin, Henry, "Pietism and Traditional Worship Practices of the Lutheran Church" (1955). Master of Sacred Theology Thesis. 168.
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