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From: "William Thomas" <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Pietism & Brethren Frontier migration
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 10:35:03 -0500
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Piety means devotion, and was a movement that originated in Germany in the
16th century among both Protestant's and Catholic's. It focused on the
inner religious experience as opposed to rituals and dogma. The University
of Halle in Berlin Germany was a center of the Protestant version of the
movement. Count Zinzendorf is one of its more famous graduates. He founded
the Moravians, who emphasized a personal relationship with Christ in a
communal environment. Pietism was also active in the Palatinate area, thus
influencing the Anabaptists. John Wesley was greatly influenced by the
Moravians, and had his 'Aldersgate Experience' and 'new birth' at a Bible
study with a group of Moravians. Wesley was Anglican, and molded Anglican
practices with a perspective of Pietism. Wesley never was a Methodist from
a denominational perspective, since they broke from the Anglicans after his
death. The German Evangelical Association formed by Jacob Albright was
influenced by Wesley and believed religion was a personal conscious
experience with God., so they have strong Pietist connections as well. The
Evangelicals are now part of the United Methodist denomination.

Bill Thomas

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From: "winter dellenbach" <>
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Sent: Friday, March 18, 2005 10:00 AM
Subject: [BRE] Pietism & Brethren Frontier migration

> Would someone please explain to me what Pietism means in plain
> language. I am born and raised in the church, but have never understood
> this concept even when reading about it - it always seems vague and
> abstract. winter
> On Friday, March 18, 2005, at 03:12 AM, Merle C Rummel wrote:
> >
> >
> > The Brethren looked for good farmland. This was mostly done for the
> > benefit of the "next" generation. However -being good Christians,
> > they held the Sabboth (Sunday) as sacred and even the least of the
> > families tried to have worship in their house -from the Pietist
> > tradition they would invite anyone around to worship with them. This
> > was especially true if they were already ministers or deacons. For
> > many on the Frontier, this could be the only "church" service in the
> > region. The Methodists, also being of Pietist origin, did the same.
> > The difference came in the language -the Brethren tending toward
> > German, the Methodists toward English. English was the common
> > language -and Methodism grew. I enjoyed one comment made of a
> > Brethren Preacher. "He was a profound preacher. He preached in
> > German. His sermons were intently listened to by his congregation,
> > even though none of them understood German." (Old Grape Vine Church
> > -Hazard Co KY)
> >
> > Merle C Rummel
> > Church Historian
> >
> >> I am starting to think
> >> the Brethren were Missionaries who moved
> >> not for land, but to establish new Churches.
> >>
> >
> >
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