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ERIC Number: ED362095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May-24
Pages: 136
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The Influence of Pietism on American Higher Education.
Bunnell, David Paul
This master's paper looks at the Pietist movement of German Lutheranism from 1650 to 1750 and its effect on German Universities, the Great Awakening in America, and the founding and early history of important American universities. Pietism was a religious movement that arose from the aftermath of the Thirty Years War in Europe and was particularly concerned with personal piety and general morality. This movement transformed religious life and thinking in Germany and the Low Countries, and the educational ideas of Pietist leaders such as Philip Jacob Spener and August Hermann Francke marked the beginnings of modern German education. The Pietist movement also influenced the American Colonial religious revival movement called the Great Awakening during the mid-1700's. The leaders of this movement, influenced by Pietist theological, missionary, and educational ideas, founded several important early colleges in the Colonies including Harvard College, Yale College, and the College of New Jersey (Princeton). Thus Pietist ideas on tolerance, academic liberty, personal piety, and the education of the clergy were developed and incorporated into the American higher education system. Their arguments and ideas are important in understanding current issues in American colleges and universities. (JB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Historical Materials
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Language: English
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