Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a class of religious reformers in Germany in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Their principles as defined by the originator of the movement, Spener (latter part of the seventeenth century), included the more earnest study of the Bible, the participation of the laity in the spiritual work of the church, a more practical type of piety, charity in the treatment of heretics, infidels, and others, a reorganization of the systems of religious and theological instruction in accordance with these principles, and a more enlightened style of preaching. Spener's disciples were led into extravagances of feeling; hence the term is sometimes applied opprobriously to any one who lays stress on mere emotionalism in religion, as distinguished from intelligent belief and practical life.
- n. A supporter of pietism.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl. Hist.) One of a class of religious reformers in Germany in the 17th century who sought to revive declining piety in the Protestant churches; -- often applied as a term of reproach to those who make a display of religious feeling. Also used adjectively.
“If I were M. le Maire, saving your respect, I would not go out into an unknown danger with this man here, a man who is known as a pietist, as a clerical, as one who sees visions --”
“Dr Ganiel said "pietist" evangelicals - those who had decided that the world of politics was simply too grubby for Christians to take part in - could be reinforced by Mrs Robinson's demise.”
“Hegel and could also be traced in neo-pietist texts”
“Schubert still also make use of Christian and pietist vocabularies of soul, thinking of the psyche as simply something encapsulating the dynamic essence of the person which will transcend its current earthly existence and take on a future, entirely spiritual life.”
“The German pietist and English Quaker movements certainly perceived themselves as having a theological affinity which separated them not just from Catholics, but from Puritans, Lutherans, etc.”
“A Russian baron with large estates in Finland, Nicolay was a devout Lutheran with pietist convictions.”
“The German student leader was a devout pietist and could not reconcile Mott's promotion of the Social Gospel.”
“From then on she adopted the full rigor of male ritual observance and absorbed herself, like a male pietist, in intense study and prayer.”
“Those against him represented a perfect cross-section of the reactionaries: senior civil servants, aristocrats, and the pietist clergy!”
“Merian grew up in Germany, married, had two daughters, left her husband to join a Labadist (pietist) community in West Friesland, moved to Amsterdam and, at age 52, traveled to Surinam to search for insects.”
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