Master of Arts (MA)
Religion & Culture / Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts
Generally, there has been little work done in the study of worship among Pietists. One of the most influencial Pietists was Gottfried Arnold (1666-1714) who, in his first major work Die Erste Liebe (1696), devoted a major section to this question of worship. This dissertation is intended as a contribution to the ongoing study of worship among the Pietists; as such it presents for the first time an English translation from book two of Die Erste Liebe, chapter one “Von ihrem Gebet zu Gott.” Here Arnold outlines his view of worship which he understands to have been the view of the church in the first three centuries. The translation is supplemented by a full critical study of Arnold’s use of Patristic sources. Chief among the texts which he uses are the homilies of Marcarius which were the primary influence on his theology of worship.
Wagner, Paul, "Gottfried Arnold on worship a translation from Die erste Liebe, 1696" (1989). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 102.