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Spener, Philipp Jakob
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( Jan 13, 1635, Rappoltsweiler, Elsass [Ribeauvillé, Alsace] – Feb 5, 1705, Berlin), father of Lutheran Pietism (I, 1). Son of a devout middle-class family with connections at court, he was brought up on edifying Puritan literature and J. Arndt’s Wahres Christentum. At the age of 16, he entered the University of Strasbourg (II); after foundation courses in philosophy (1653 master’s disserta-tion against T. Hobbes), he studied the system of Lutheran orthodoxy (II, 2.a) under J.K. Dannhauer, a theology he remained faithful to throughout his…

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Wallmann, Johannes, “Spener, Philipp Jakob”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025667>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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