A Pietism Reading List

pia-desideriaAre you interested in learning more about the Pietist strand of the Brethren in Christ heritage? Then check out this very comprehensive reading list, prepared by Bethel University historian and “Pietist schoolman” Chris Gehrz.

Pia Desideria (pictured left), the classic treatise by “patriarch of Pietism” Philipp Jakob Spener, is recommended as an excellent primary source. Dale Brown’s Understanding Pietism (which is published by Evangel Press!) tops the list of secondary sources. Carlton Wittlinger’s Quest for Piety and Obedience gets a nice shout-out, as does The Search for Piety and Obedience. (Thanks, Chris!) I myself am hoping to dig into Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom’s Angels, Worms, and Bogeys: The Christian Ethic of Pietism later this year.


About Devin Manzullo-Thomas

Father to Lucas. Husband to Katie. Prof and administrator at Messiah College. PhD student at Temple University. Member of Grantham BIC.
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One Response to A Pietism Reading List

  1. Doug says:

    Pia Desideria is an excellent read. Read it this past winter.

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