The Swedish Pietists: A Reader: Excerpts from the Writings by Mark Safstrom

By Mark Safstrom

starting within the 1830s and stretching into the 1st a long time of the 20 th century, the Lutheran nation church buildings of Scandinavia skilled a good non secular awakening. on the heart of this stream have been devotional fabrics and sermons made obtainable via colporteurs and booksellers all through Scandinavia, in addition to between immigrants in North the US. of the main influential and widely-read authors of this era have been the Swedish preachers, Carl Olof Rosenius (1816-1868) and Paul Peter Waldenström (1838-1917), who turned family names via their immensely well known devotional magazine Pietisten ("The Pietist"). either males emerged from the lengthy culture of revivalism in the Lutheran nation church buildings of Europe often called Pietism, and consciously drew in this historical past as they helped to articulate and redefine the priorities of revival Christianity in a brand new period. This assortment comprises many excerpts by no means earlier than translated into English, in addition to an obtainable and thorough advent to those authors' careers and historic contexts. prompted via their irenic tone, simplicity, and evangelical heat, translator and editor Mark Safstrom makes to be had the very best of Rosenius's and Waldenström's writing for a brand new iteration of laypeople, pastors, and scholars.

"This treasure of writings of Swedish Pietists enriches either the brain and soul of the reader. Such writings introduced Sweden's religious revival of the 19th century, and stay undying in theological breadth and non secular intensity for us within the twenty-first century. What a source for pupil, pastor, and lay reader alike."
--David M. Gustafson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity tuition, Deerfield, IL

"Mark Safstrom's The Swedish Pietists: A Reader is a useful source for students within the fields of background, theology, homiletics, and Scandinavian stories. For these drawn to Pietism, renewal hobbies, and devotional practices, Safstrom's excerpts supply a very good window into the area of a serious circulate in church historical past. the interpretation work--both in technical ability and selection of excerpts--shows cautious scholarship and makes a true contribution."
--Michelle A. Clifton-Soderstrom, Professor of Theology & Ethics, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL

Mark Daniel Safstrom, PhD, is Lecturer in Swedish and Scandinavian reports on the college of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His study specializes in a number of features of the historical past of social routine and revivalism in Scandinavia. He has formerly written on such themes because the political profession of Paul Peter Waldenström (chapter in The Pietist Impulse in Christianity, 2011), in addition to translated Waldenström's allegorical novel Squire Adamsson, Or, the place Do You Live? (2014).

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