Pia Desideria

Pia Desideria This classic work first published in inaugurated the movement in Germany called Pietism In it a young pastor born and raised during the devastating Thirty Years War voiced a plea for reform o

  • Title: Pia Desideria
  • Author: Philipp J. Spener
  • ISBN: 9780800619534
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • This classic work, first published in 1675, inaugurated the movement in Germany called Pietism In it a young pastor, born and raised during the devastating Thirty Years War, voiced a plea for reform of the church which made the author and his proposals famous A lifelong friend of the philosopher Leibnitz, Spener was an important influence in the life of the next leader oThis classic work, first published in 1675, inaugurated the movement in Germany called Pietism In it a young pastor, born and raised during the devastating Thirty Years War, voiced a plea for reform of the church which made the author and his proposals famous A lifelong friend of the philosopher Leibnitz, Spener was an important influence in the life of the next leader of German Pietism, August Herman Francke He was also a sponsor at the baptism of Nicholas Zinzendorf, founder of the Moravian Church, whose members played a crucial role in the life of John Wesley.

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    1. In this foundational text of Pietism, Spener addresses the spiritual depravity of the Lutheran church in his day. A wee bit antisemitic and anti-Catholic, (as Lutherans are wont to be), but his proposals to enliven the Church are as relevant today as they were in the seventeenth century.

    2. This is a foundational work in Christian pietism. Set against a the backdrop of a fairly new Reformation that had too quickly turned dry and scholastic, Philip Jakob Spener's Pia Desideria is a cry against what the church had become and a call back to what it ought to be: holy. He lays out 6 recommendations for restoring personal piety to Christians and if you're a Christian, it just might surprise you how much of what he said then we take for granted now. A quick, easy read; more than worth the [...]

    3. It is fascinating to see how Spener addresses the cultural and spiritual ills of the church in his day, and how often they parallel to issues we often face today. This book definitely needs to be read with a reasonably well-informed view of theology and history to avoid confusion, although the introduction does an admirable job providing specific historical and personal information on Spener and his environment.

    4. I chose "really liked it" because I hope to reread it someday. There are a number of quotes that I would like to write down, highlight, or somehow try to remember. Perhaps part of it is that I am intrigued (or maybe even enthralled) by the fact that I am reading the thoughts of a man who lived and ministered and wrote in 1675, whose counsel seems to be fitting for today, in a number of ways.

    5. Spener wrote his treatise on Christian living in 1675 but he might have written it today. In it he admonishes the Church on not conforming to the world and how much the Christian body has, in fact, rendered itself almost indistinguishable from non believers in how they think, conduct their lives or ignorance of doctrinal truth. It's a short, readable book and I highly recommend it.

    6. He had some great ideas for how the church can be reformed.Great ideas for how the priesthood of all believers works out practically.Some great ideas on how orthodoxy and orthopraxy function together.I didn't like that he was extremely anti-Catholic.ButHe was a Lutheran who wrote this in the 1700s, so I'll forgive him for the anti-Catholic stuff.

    7. Didn't expect this to be a wonderful work, which paved the way for Pietism! I love how the author explains the implications of true orthodoxy and how Christians can flee from dead orthodoxy to a lively faith that is fueled by sound theology.Although there are parts of the author's theology I disagree with, since he is a Lutheran, overall this is a book I will recommend.

    8. I appreciate Spener's call to spiritual reformation within the church. Much of what he rights is still applicable to evangelicalism today. It is refreshing to read someone concerned about the church during the modern period after reading much dense theology from that time.

    9. "It is by no means enough to have knowledge of the Christian faith, for Christianity consists rather of practice." This quote sums up the problems with this book. Proper practice ("moral reform" as it's referred to) is welcome and necessary in the church, but it must be founded in proper faith.

    10. This is a really great meditation on the importance of living the Christ life. Challenging and convicting.

    11. This is a foundational book for pietist in theology. Much of Spener's six proposals for the renewal of the Church still make sense today.

    12. Historically important in personal spirituality and the church. The foundation for Protestant churches having bible studies and stuff like that.

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