Blumhardt Series

The Blumhardt Series seeks to make available for the first time in English the extensive oeuvre of Johann Christoph Blumhardt (1805-1880) and Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842-1919), two of the least wellknown but influential figures of the latter-half of the nineteenth century. Their influence can be detected in a number of important developments in nineteenthand twentieth-century Protestantism: the recovery of the eschatological dimension of Christianity and the kingdom of God; the recovery of an emphasis on holistic notions of spirituality and salvation; in the rise of faith-healing and later Pentecostalism; the convergence of socialism and the Christian faith; and the development of personalist models of pastoral counseling.
Their collected works make available their vast body of work to scholars, pastors, and laypeople alike with the aim of giving the Blumhardts a full hearing in the English language for the first time. Given the extent of their influence during the theological and religious ferment of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries it is believed that these sources will be of great interest to scholars of that period across various disciplines.

It is also true, however, that there is much spiritual and theological value in the witness of the Blumhardts. We hope that by making their witness more widely known in the English-speaking world the church at large will benefit.

The project outline is flexible, allowing for production of volumes that aim either in a scholarly direction or towards the thoughtful lay-reader. The emphasis will be to reproduce, with only slight modifications, the various German editions of the Blumhardts' works that have appeared since the late nineteenth century. A modest scholarly apparatus will provide contextual and theologically helpful comments and commentary through volume introductions, footnotes, and appendices.

During their long ministries, the elder and younger Blumhardt found themselves called to serve as pastors, counselors, biblical interpreters, theologians, and even politicians. No matter the vocational context, however, both understood themselves as witnesses to the kingdom of God that was both already present in the world, but also breaking into the current structures of the world. Together they represent one of the most powerful instances of the convergence of spirituality and social witness in the history of the Christian church. It is the Series Editors' conviction that their witness continues to be relevant for the church and society today. We hope that the current series will give the Blumhardts a broader hearing in the English speaking world.
Christian T. Collins Winn and Charles E. Moore

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