Pia Desideria

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Fortress Press, Jan 1, 1964 - Religion - 131 pages
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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 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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User Review  - Mike Awtry - Goodreads

"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. Read full review

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Contents

the Times the Man the Book
The Text of the Pia Desoderoa
25
Salutation and Circumstances of Writing
26
Conspectus of Corrupt Conditions in the Church
35
Defects in Civil Authorities
39
Defects in the Clergy
40
Defects in the Common People
53
Offenses Resulting from these Defects
64
Proposals to Correct Conditions in the Church
83
Exercise of the Spiritual Priesthood
88
Practice vs Knowledge of Christianity
91
Conduct of Religious Controversies
93
Reform of School and Universities
99
Preaching for Purposes of Edification
111
Table of Contents of the Appendixes
119
Index
125

The Possibility of Better Conditions in the Church
72

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