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Oberlin, Johann Friedrich
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(Aug 31, 1740, Strasbourg – Jun 2, 1826 Waldersbach im Steintal, Alsace), pastor, mystical welfare and social reformer, and founder of the first kindergarten. Oberlin studied philosophy and theology at Strasbourg. In his family and during his studies of theology he became acquainted with Pietism. In 1760 he drew up his “solemn acts of dedication to God,” which he confirmed in 1765, 1770, and 1822. He rejected revivalist pressure, and pietist anthropology and educational method, and lived a committed, op…

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Collmar, Norbert, “Oberlin, Johann Friedrich”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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