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A spiritual hunger grew in reaction to the coldness and formalism of the Protestant state churches. Drawing from diverse roots, Pietism emerged as a quest to apply Reformation doctrine to personal life.
The Pietists' emphasis on the new birth and biblical authority had startling implications as to how one treated orphans, the lower classes and one's opponents. Orthodoxy was not enough. A changed life was required.
As Shakespeare wrote, "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." John Calvin was certainly not born great.
Our hearts are restless until they find their peace in you.
To Carthage then I came Burning burning burning burning…
From the 1961 edition of Edward B. Pusey's translation of The Confessions of St. Augustine. By permission of Everyman's Library and J.M. Dent & Sons, London.
Read for yourself the chief accounts upon which the millennium celebration is based; while these much-loved chronicles admittedly contain a good bit of legend, they are still the best history we have.
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December 16, 345: Eusebius (not to be confused with historian Eusebius of Caesarea) becomes bishop of Vercelli, Italy. After refusing to sign the condemnation of Athanasius at the Council of Milan, he was exiled. But he was pardoned by Julian the Apostate and led the movement to restore the Nicene Creed—and thus orthodoxy—to the empire (see issue 51: Heresy in the Early Church and issue 72: How We Got Our History).

December 16, 1714: Revivalist and evangelist George Whitefield, the best-known ...

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