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The “Little Church” Of Johann Amos Comenius And Philipp Jakob Spener: Approaches To Church Reform With A Comprehensive Social Perspective

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Johannes Wallmann's study on Philipp Jakob Spener und die Anfange des Pietismus provided new impulses into the discussion about the origins of Pietist ecclesiology. Spener draws attention to the fact that the clergy has the duty to lead the meetings, and that these, therefore, are not private gatherings that would incur suspicion. After discussion of the theme of the worship service followed a conversation open to all; a discourse and subsequent scriptural exegesis were intended to serve as edification for each individual. The fundamental demand of the Consultatio, that is, the demand to make more extensive use of the Word of God among the people, is found in a similar formulation in Spener's writing. In a striking parallel, there then follows the discussion of the daily reading of the Bible at home, which is, however, said to be of limited use in the promotion of a deeper understanding of Scripture.

Keywords: Bible; Consultatio; Johannes Wallmann; Philipp Jakob Spener; Pietist ecclesiology



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