That’s the question I and a number of church historians/pastors/intellectuals from other Pietist-influenced denominations will be answering during a panel discussion at Bethel University’s colloquium on Pietism, scheduled for April 20, 2012.
Here’s a bit more information about the colloquium and the panel, courtesy of event coordinator Chris Gehrz:
In addition to talks by Scot McKnight and Jon Sensbach, we’ll have a roundtable discussion asking whether Pietism provides a “usable past” for churches today.
In some ways, this is a reprise of a session at our 2009 research conference on “The Pietist Impulse in Christianity” — on the historiography of four denominations founded by Scandinavian immigrants — that we weren’t able to include in our book of the same title. But while two of those denominations will be represented again, we’ll also have panelists from three others, and this discussion is intended to move a bit further out of the realm of the academic and into that of contemporary church life.
The panelists include:
Francis Monseth (Association of Free Lutheran Congregations)
Dean, Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary
Stay tuned to The Search for Piety and Obedience for updates on what promises to be an interesting gathering.
(HT to The Pietist Schoolman for the info and the pic.)