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"Søren Kierkegaard wrote that Pietism is 'the one and only consequence of Christianity'. Praise of this sort - particularly when coupled with Kierkegaard's significant personal connections to the movement in Christian spirituality known as Pietism - would seem to demand thorough investigation. And yet, Kierkegaard's relation to Pietism has been largely neglected in the secondary literature." Christopher B. Barnett's Kierkegaard, Pietism and Holiness would thus seem to work over the same ground and back up the case of Daphne Hampson's superb Kierkegaard: Exposition & Critique, and James Rovira's paper Kierkegaard, Pietism, and Existentialism: Eighteenth-Century Pietism as the Origin of Twentieth-Century Existentialism.

Not only just Kierkegaard then, but Nietzsche (see e.g. Martin Pernet's paper Friedrich Nietzsche and Pietism; German Life and Letters, Volume 48, Issue 4, pages 474–486, October 1995) and Heidegger (see e.g. Heidegger's Religious Origins: Destruction and Authenticity by Benjamin D. Crowe) were also both heavily influenced by Pietism - but what is Pietism? I'm hoping An Introduction to German Pietism: Protestant Renewal at the Dawn of Modern Europe by Douglas H. Shantz sheds some fuller light...

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