Arising in late 17th century Germany, Pietism indelibly altered the Protestant Reformation. Not only did it inspire John Wesley’s Methodist movement and Alexander Mack’s Brethren movement, its tenets lie at the core of modern-day Evangelicalism. But as University of Calgary Professor Douglas H. Shantz relates in his latest book, An Introduction to German Pietism, the history, roots, and impact of this reaction to Lutheranism are much broader, more nuanced, and darker than is generally understood. Brian Shea caught up with Professor Shantz at the German Studies Association annual meeting in Denver earlier this month to find out more about why he wrote the book and what he hopes it will accomplish.
Douglas H. Shantz is Professor of Christian Thought at the University of Calgary and the author or editor of four books, including An Introduction to German Pietism: Protestant Renewal at the Dawn of Modern Europe, his most recent, and Between Sardis and Philadelphia: The Life and World of Pietist Court Preacher Conrad Bröske.