Dutch Calvinistic Pietism in the Middle Colonies

A Study in the Life and Theology of Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen

  • Authors
  • James Robert Tanis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Introduction

    1. James Robert Tanis
      Pages 1-8
  3. His Life and Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-N2
    2. James Robert Tanis
      Pages 11-41
    3. James Robert Tanis
      Pages 42-93
  4. His Theology: Experimental Divinity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. James Robert Tanis
      Pages 97-134
    3. James Robert Tanis
      Pages 135-162
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 163-206

About this book


The word "pietism" usually conjures up a host of ambivalent im­ pressions. It has seemed to me increasingly clear that many of the strengths of pietism have been swept aside by reactions against the excesses of the movement. To properly assess the structures of pietism, it is important to comprehend its matrix and to understand its ex­ ponents. In preparing this study, therefore, I have sought to recapture something of the person of Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen as well as the gist of his thought; something of his environment as well as the institutions of his day. To achieve this I have traveled many by-paths and knocked on many doors. But the past has not always yielded its secrets; much is lost forever. Hagen in Westphalia, Frelinghuysen's birthplace, is now a modern city and only in a few isolated particulars is it reminiscent of Hagen in 1693. In the nearby village of Schwerte, however, the ancestral church of his forebears remains as it was nearly three hundred years ago. The gymnasium he attended in Hamm was destroyed in the bombings ofW orld War II, though the library he used during his study at Lingen is still largely intact. In the tiny East-Frisian village of Loegumer Voorwerk, Frelinghuysen's first parish, one can still stand in the pulpit where he first preached his awakening gospel. Yet oddly enough, in America, where his name is most remembered, most physical traces of his life have disappeared.


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  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1967
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-015-0132-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-0611-3
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