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Devotio moderna
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[German Version]

is a term introduced in 1420 by Henricus Pomerius for a piety movement founded by G. Groote (1340–1384). Its goal was to bring to contemporary life the piety of the primitive church, the desert fathers, and the doctors of the church: in view of death and the Last Judgment, one should repent, humble oneself, die to one's own will, have good intentions, put them into practice, and make progress in love for and communion with God and “good people” who sympathize with the movement. It is evidently related to the monastic observance and influences of the Carthusians, J. van Ruysbroe…

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Burger, Christoph, “Devotio moderna”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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