What is Pietism?

Wednesday, 06 Jun 2007

Pietism is a recurring tendency within Christian history to emphasize Christian practice over theology and church order. Its own historians identify four general traits in this tendency: (1) it is experientialpietists are people of the heart for whom Christian living is a fundamental concern; (2) it is biblicalpietists are, to echo John Wesley, people of one book who take their standards and goals from the pages of Scripture; (3) it is perfectionisticpietists are serious about holy living and make every effort to follow Gods Law, spread the gospel, and aid the needy; and (4) it is reform-mindedpietists usually oppose what they regard as ...

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