Spener, Philip Jakob

   Devotional Writer.
   Spener was born in Rappoltsweiler, Alsace, and he was educated at the University of Strasbourg. He travelled widely through Protestant Europe and in 1666 was appointed to a pastorate in Frankfurt-am-Main. He emerged as an important influence within the Pietist movement. He was an originator of the Collegia Pietatis (a regular meeting of pastors and laymen for study and prayer) and he was the author of the Pia Desideria. This sets out the fundamentals of his Pietist doctrines. Towards the end of his life he was regarded as a controversial figure. He had moved to Dresden in 1686, but he fell out with the Elector and was forced to move to Brandenberg in 1691. None the less he had a substantial following and is regarded as a significant figure in the history of German Lutheranism.
   F. Stoeffler, The Rise of Evangelical Pietism (1965).

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