Tag: Pietism

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #30: Legacies of the Protestant Reformation

Sam and I wrap up our third season by considering some of the legacies of the Protestant Reformation: from democracy and free inquiry to religious pluralism and secularization to the notion that Protestants are “reformed and always reforming” (and why that means you should all buy The Pietist Option). Featured Book Alec Ryrie, Protestants: The Faith That Made the…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #24: The Pietist Future of American Christianity

And Season 2 comes to an end! Thanks to everyone who wrote in this year, especially Eric Johnson (who asked a great question about Pietism and politics), Johanna Fenton (who prompted us to dive deeper into the nature of peace and Christian unity — with an assist from North Park Seminary professor Jay Phelan), and Christian Humanist friend…

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If You’ve Listened to This Season of the PS Podcast, We Want to Hear From You!

Yesterday Mark, Sam, and I recorded the penultimate episode of this season of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, on preaching, listening, and (somehow) Donald Trump. It’ll go up on Thursday, but in the meantime I want to go ahead and start soliciting comments for our season finale, which we’ll record next Monday. If you’ve been listening, you…

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #22: Education as Whole-Life Formation

This week I got to be a bit more of a Pietist schoolman again, as we considered how a Pietist ethos would shape education at several levels. Things started with Sam and me talking about Bethel and revisiting some of the key themes of last year’s book on The Pietist Vision for Christian Higher Education: e.g., education as…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #21: A Peaceable Spirit

It’s one of the four instincts that we think defines the Pietist ethos: to trust that Christians are better together than apart. Around Bethel, it shows up as an “irenic [or peaceable] spirit” that leads us to avoid needless controversy and try to reach decisions by consensus; in the Evangelical Covenant Church, it results in our affirmation of having…

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #20: Christianity as Life

If any one of Philipp Spener’s six “pious wishes” is most central, or does the most to set Pietism apart from other Christian traditions that place a high value on Scripture and a “common priesthood,” it’s probably this one: …the people must have it impressed upon them and must accustom themselves to believing that it is…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #19: The Common Priesthood for the Common Good

Like earlier Pietists, Mark and I tend to feel like what we have to suggest isn’t all that new. This episode — like the one before it — we revisited an idea from the Protestant Reformation. Last time, it was sola Scriptura; this week, the common priesthood. (And yes, we talked about why we’re using that version of…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #18: A Greater Attentiveness to Scripture

Today Mark, Sam, and I return from our spring break with the first of six proposals for how a revival of the Pietist ethos can benefit Christianity early in the 21st century. Continuing to parallel the structure of Pia Desideria (1675), we joined Philipp Jakob Spener in urging greater attentiveness to Scripture: Thought should be given to…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #17: Why So Hopeful?

If we consult the Holy Scriptures we can have no doubt that God promised his church here on earth a better state than this. Philipp Jakob Spener (1675) Given all the problems we discussed in our previous episode, why should Christians today join Pietists like Spener in holding out “hope for better times” — for…

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No Pietist Schoolman Podcast This Week

Mark, Sam, and I had expected to be recording the next episode of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast right about now, but we’ve decided to postpone for a week our discussion of why Pietists — despite everything that’s wrong with Christianity — would hope for better times. At least for Sam and me, our hearts wouldn’t have been in it. See…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #15: Pietists Today

So if Pietism is an ethos or spirit, where can you see it today in Christianity? Who or what exemplifies the instincts we talked about last time? On today’s episode, Mark, Sam, and I share some of our experiences with Pietism in the Evangelical Covenant Church and at Bethel University (two Christian institutions that explicitly…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #14: What’s Pietism?

So what is “Pietism”? I’m not sure that a fifty-minute episode of this or any podcast can resolve a discussion that’s been dividing scholars for(seemingly)ever. But Mark and I gave it our best shot in this episode, with Sam offering some preliminary responses to our proposal that Pietism is (a) both a historical movement and a kind of timeless “ethos”…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #13: A New Book, A New Season

In Season 2 of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, I’ll be joined by Mark Pattie (senior pastor, Salem Covenant Church in New Brighton, MN) as we think aloud through our new book project for InterVarsity Press:  Hope for Better Times: Pietism and the Future of Christianity. Helping us out as producer — and, in effect, serving as a surrogate…

Season 2 of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast

Coming one week from today: The Pietist Schoolman Podcast returns for a second season! After Season 1 served as an extended sequel to The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons, #2 will serve as an extended prequel to my new project for InterVarsity Press. Tentatively titled Hope for Better Times: Pietism and the Future of Christianity, that book should…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #11: A Lutheran Perspective

Pietism was born in the Lutheran churches of 17th century Germany, but by the 20th century it was a pejorative term in much of American Lutheranism. To help us understand Lutheranism, how it approaches higher education, and its complicated relationship with Pietism, this week we welcome Dan Hanson, about to start his final year in the M.Div. program…