Pietism's Predecessors

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Johann Arndt (1555–1621).
Des Gottseeligen und Hoch-erleuchteten Lehrers, Paradiess-Gärtlein.
Augsburg: Heirs of Johann Jacob Lotter, 1746. (BRF0003/A)

The Pietist movement drew inspiration from diverse streams of Christian thought, especially the writings of the early church and later mystics. The emerging movement also borrowed freely from non-conformist Christian communities operating largely outside of the church-state power structure including the Anabaptists, Schwenckfelders, Puritans, and Moravians. This section of the exhibition presents pre-Pietist literary works whose texts or authors contributed to the development of Pietism.

Pietism's Predecessors