ZINZENDORF, THE ECUMENICAL PIONEER by A. J. Lewis

ZINZENDORF, THE ECUMENICAL PIONEER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Moravians are a comparatively small percentage of Protestant Christians in this country, but they are known for the warmth of their evangelical piety and a genuine concern and love for others who are not of their particular household of faith. The Rev. A. J. Lewis, himself an English Moravian Theologian, by telling the story of the German nobleman, Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, who became their leader, tells how this came to be. He devoted his life and fortune to the establishment and missionary activities of this church, sending out many to carry the Gospel to the natives of the West Indies, the Eskimos in Greenland, Indians in Pennsylvania, the Hottentots in South Africa, and the Negroes in Surinam. But he also went himself to inspire, encourage and convert, -- not to membership in the Moravian Church so much as to membership in Christ in whom all men are brethren. Organizational or denominational distinctions meant little to him. His call was to proclaim Christ's mission to the world, and thus he became of one the earliest forerunners of the modern Ecumenical Movement. It was his saintly character which was his most persuasive argument. No student of Christian Mission and unity can ignore this important 18th century contribution by one who is too little known in this country.

Publisher: Westminster