What about the pietists?Posted: December 17, 2012
Over at the Pietist Schoolman, Chris Gehrz wonders about the pietists in the evangelical left. Specifically, what about Chicago Declaration signers like Paul Rees, F. Burton Nelson, and other persons associated with the Evangelical Covenant Church? Could they have provided another case study of ethnic evangelicals–alongside Swiss-German Anabaptists, the Dutch Reformed, and two-thirds world evangelicals from around the world–who helped shape progressive evangelicalism?
Absolutely! In fact, I thought seriously about adding such chapter. Another related group with similar concerns would have been the Wesleyan holiness camp, with which Rees also related. Additions such as these, had there been more space and had I been a bit more attentive, could have helpfully fleshed out the ways in which practices of piety such as prayer and confession anchored the evangelical left’s social concern. Paul Rees’s 1973 address at the Thanksgiving Workshop in Chicago, which Chris describes, was one of the those moments.
Thanks for the thoughtful review of Moral Minority, Chris! I hope to meet you someday soon.