Swedish Christian publication
Titles from the reissue of the first fifteen issues.

Pietisten ("The Pietist") was a Swedish Christian monthly publication "for religious revival and edification", founded in January 1842 by the Scottish Methodist minister George Scott, who had immigrated to Sweden, and edited by preacher Carl Olof Rosenius until his death in 1868,[1] after which the editorship was taken over by Paul Peter Waldenström.[2] In the last years, the editorial staff included Janne Nyrén (1914–1915), Johan Peter Norberg (from 1916), Theodor Andersson (from 1917) and Jakob Emanuel Lundahl (1918).[3] Around 10,000 copies of the journal were published between 1853 and 1865. The journal was for the Mission Friends but was spread widely: selections were copied, translated, and published freely at the time. A Finland-Swedish version entitled Den evangeliska budbäraren ('The Evangelical Messenger') was also published.[4][5]

The word pietist, from the Latin word pietas, meaning 'piety, godliness', refers to the Pietist movement.

During Rosenius' editorship, the magazine was essentially written by him, and was his main literary channel. In this way it had a great influence. His articles have subsequently been published as reflections and writings with a total circulation of two million, and another million in other languages, despite the fact that they are not particularly reader-friendly.[6]

Rosenius and Waldenström contributed to the founding of Evangeliska Fosterlandsstiftelsen (EFS, the Swedish Evangelical Mission, 1856) and the Svenska Missionsförbundet (SMF, Swedish Mission Society, 1878), the former being a revivalist movement within the Church of Sweden, the latter a free church.[7] This contradiction led the EFS, in reaction to the founding of the SMF, to reissue the first fifteen volumes under the title Pietisten. Nytt och gammalt från nådens rike, which Rosenius had edited, while Pietisten under Waldenström became the official voice of the SMF in 1909 and was merged with the magazine Missionsförbundet in 1919.

Pietisten (1986–present)

A namesake journal, self-described as the "spiritual heir" of the original Pietisten, has been published in Minneapolis since its founding in 1986 by David Hawkinson and Peter Sandstrom.[8]


  1. ^ Flottorp, Haakon (2019-02-28), "Carl Olof Rosenius", Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian Bokmål), archived from the original on 2021-02-13, retrieved 2022-04-07
  2. ^ "Paul Peter Waldenström", Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian Bokmål), 2019-03-02, archived from the original on 2020-09-25, retrieved 2022-04-07
  3. ^ Anderson, Theodor; Lundahl, Jakob Emanuel; Norberg, Johan Petrus; Nyrén, Janne; Waldenström, Paul Peter; Svenska missionsförbundet (1842). "Pietisten: tidskrift för uppbyggelse och Svenska missionsförbundets inre mission". Pietisten: Tidskrift för uppbyggelse och Svenska missionsförbundets inre mission. (in Swedish). OCLC 924445572. Archived from the original on 2022-04-07. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  4. ^ Carlson, G. William; Collins Winn, Christian T.; Gehrz, Christopher; Holst, Eric (2012). The pietist impulse in Christianity. Cambridge, U.K.: ISD LLC. p. 203. ISBN 9780227901403. OCLC 847592135.
  5. ^ Bexell, Oloph (2016). "Rosenius i framtiden: Några forskningsfrågor efter 200 år" [Rosenius in the future: some research questions after 200 years] (PDF). Theofilos (in Swedish). 8 (2): 220.
  6. ^ Imberg, Rune (2016). "Rosenius - vägledaren till frid". Kristet Perspektiv (in Swedish). Vol. 2.
  7. ^ "Carl Olof Rosenius". Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2022-02-01. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  8. ^ "About Pietisten". pietisten.org. Retrieved 2022-07-24.

External links

  • Pietisten, some volumes digitized by Project Runeberg (in Swedish)
  • Pietisten, the English-language "spiritual heir" to the original Pietisten