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Pietism As Societal Solution: The Foundation Of The Korntal Brethren (Korntaler Brüdergemeinde)

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This chapter examines the establishment of the Korntal Brethren, with a particular focus on whether the community was genuinely built as a response to the contemporary political and social situation in Württemberg. It argues that in the foundation of the Korntal community, Pietism was, indeed, seen as a solution to society's problems, but that this idea was far broader than the proposal submitted by Hoffmann to the king of Württemberg. Even from Hoffmann's proposal, two distinct elements for the foundation of Korntal can be found: namely, the desire to form separate communities, and then to form them along the same lines as the Moravian Brethren. Hoffmann was a dedicated Pietist, in a chiliastic strain, and his ideas for founding independent communities of like-minded Pietists were inspired by Michael Hahn, Johann Friederich, and the Moravian Brethren.

Keywords: Hoffmann; Korntal Brethren; Pietism; Württemberg



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