Weinlick, John R.
The Saxon nobleman who became first a Lutheran minister, and later a Moravian Bishop This is the story of Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf, the Saxon nobleman whose title opened the doors to power in eighteenth-century Germany--and whose calling made him a pilgrim exile from the place of his birth. This is the only English-language biography in print of the precocious child who grew up to become the spiritual father of the Renewed Moravian Church. Born into a family of rulers and trained from Childhood to take his place as a leader, Zinzendorf turned his driving energy from affairs of the state to matters of the church, becoming first a Lutheran minister, and later a Moravian bishop. Experiment in Communal Christian Living This authoritative biography pictures Zinzendorf throughout his entire life.
His early association with the German Pietists; the beginning of Herrnhut, an experiment in communal Christian living; his family background, education, and brief state career; his absorption with the Moravian cause and his long struggle to keep the group within the bounds of the Lutheran Church--all are vividly recounted here. We see his organization of the missionary movement within the ranks of Protestantism. We follow the pilgrim Count during his extensive travels in Europe and his visit to Moravian colonies in America, where he named the community of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We learn of his interest in hymnology. We see his organization of the missionary movement within the ranks of Protestantism.
We also see the Count in the company of people who influenced his life--and whose lives he in turn influenced: his wife, the countess; Christian David, builder of Herrnhut; John Wesley, founder of Methodism; Christian VI, king of Denmark; David Nitschmann, first Bishop of the Renewed Moravian Church; the French Cardinal Louis de Noailles, a leader of the Jansenist faction of the Roman Catholic Church; General James Oglethorpe,