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Christian Denominations and Sects | Christianity | History of Christianity | History of Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Scandinavian Studies

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This lecture was given for the Commission on Covenant History in February of 2016 at North Park Theological Seminary, in Chicago, Illinois, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Carl Olof Rosenius's birth in 1816. Rosenius was one of the foremost preachers of the 19th century in Sweden, and influential in the formative theology of the Swedish Mission Covenant in America and the Augustana Lutheran Synod. This lecture addresses the ways in which Rosenius approached his ministry through print media (published journals, devotionals, letters), as well as the reading praxis and values of the Swedish-American Pietists who embraced Rosenius's brand of revival Christianity and who were known as 'Mission Friends.'