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Pietism

A movement among Protestants in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries which emphasized the necessity for good works and a holy life. It began in Germany shortly after the Thirty Years' War* (1618-48) when the churches had become entangled in confessional rigidity, and the time is often called the Age of Orthodoxy or the period of Protestant Scholasticism. The ideas of the Reformers had become so systemized and schematized that there was little comfort to be found in them.