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Pietism As A Threat To The Social Order: Pietist Communities In Jena 1727–1729

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Pietism came late to the university town of Jena. Whereas many other German towns had vibrant Pietist movements since at least the final decade of the seventeenth century, the political and theological climate of Jena prevented the emergence of a significant Pietist movement until the mid 1970s. Pietism as a larger movement first becomes truly visible in Jena with the arrival of Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf. As elsewhere, Zinzendorf seems to have had a galvanizing effect on those disaffected with the state of the church and the prevailing practice of Christian life. A visible community of Pietists first emerges with the visit of Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf in 1727. Zinzendorf 's influence, especially on the circle of awakened students, was immense and resulted in a visible Pietist community in Jena affiliated with Herrnhut.

Keywords: Jena; Pietism; Pietist community



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