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The Communities Of Pietists As Challenge And As Opportunity In The Oldworld And The New

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This chapter focuses on the Lutheran territorial churches that had been organized in Luther's lifetime and in the decades after he had passed away. The world of continental Lutheranism consisted of three hierarchical levels. The Pietists challenged the way of life and the way of doing business in all three of these levels. In particular, at Halle new social forms were combined with a systematic way of providing professional training. Significant differences existed between Pietist group formation in the Old World and in the New World. Pietist group formation and Pietist group dynamics in the Old World were influenced, very often hindered, and in many cases even prevented by church and state actions. Certainly, in the New World Pietists did not experience repressions by church and state similar to the ones they had to suffer in the Old World.

Keywords: Halle; Lutheran territorial churches; New World Pietists

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