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Telling Authorized Stories. The Dynamics of the Dutch Pietistic Narrative Community

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This chapter commences with an explanation of the concept of narrative community. It examines the origins and development of the Pietistic morphology of conversion in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The chapter also discusses a case from Dutch Pietism in the late nineteenth century and analyzes the specific dynamics of the Dutch Pietistic narrative community. It tests the usefulness of a narrative approach for the study of Pietism. Using sociologist Andrew M. Greeley's basic model of the function of religion, one sees clearly that every religious community is a 'story-telling community'. The Pietistic narrative community can be considered an intersection of theology, preaching and inner-experience. The theologian Cornelis Graafland saw a strong, uniform model of salvation in the nineteenth century Dutch Pietistic stories of conversion. The subjective appropriation of the conversion morphology was the central theme of the Pietistic narrative community.

Keywords: Andrew M. Greeley; conversion morphology; Cornelis Graafland; Dutch Pietistic narrative community; salvation



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