Friedrich von Schlümbach – Erweckungsprediger zwischen Deutschland und Amerika
Interkulturalität und Transkonfessionalität im 19. Jahrhundert
1. Edition 2011
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Arbeiten zur Geschichte des Pietismus -
Friedrich von Schluembach (1842-1901) was an important figure in the transatlantic cultural and religious transfer of the 19th century. He played a significant role in German-American church life in the United States.
After emigration from Wurttemberg as a teenager, he worked as a businessman, Civil War officer, journalist, political orator, pastor, evangelist, farmer and colonist. As an evangelist he crossed the Atlantic for several times. His big-city crusades in the U.S. and Germany provided a lot of attention and give insight into the church-political constellations and cross-cultural perceptions of his time. With the formation of a “Nationalbund” of German YMCAs in North America he worked towards a long term integration of German young men in American evangelical Christianity. In Germany he founded the first YMCA and gave strong impulse for a restructuring of youth work methods. In turn, his experiences with the Inner Mission in Germany had repercussions on his work in the United States.
Based on the exciting vita of this remarkable revival preacher, the author opens up issues of religion, church and society in Germany and the United States in the second half of the 19th Century. He deals with self and social perceptions of a German-American and his environment between Europe and the United States. He illuminates different religious cultures of the time with their differing ecclesiological conceptions. Thus, this study provides a valuable contribution to the history of religion in the Western world in the second half of the 19th century.