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Philipp Spener

1635 - 1705

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Philipp Jakob Spener (23 January 1635 – 5 February 1705), was a German Lutheran theologian who essentially founded what would come to be known as Pietism. He was later dubbed the "Father of Pietism". A prolific writer, his two main works, Pia desideria (1675) and Allgemeine Gottesgelehrtheit (1680), were published while he was the chief pastor in the Lutheran Church at Frankfurt. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philipp Spener has received more than 97,638 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Philipp Spener is the 854th most popular religious figure (down from 757th in 2019), the 1,288th most popular biography from France (down from 1,119th in 2019) and the 64th most popular French Religious Figure.

Philipp Spener is most famous for his book Pia Desideria, which discusses the need for a new kind of Christianity.

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Among religious figures, Philipp Spener ranks 854 out of 2,238Before him are Saint Emeric of Hungary, Al-Juwayni, Peter Chrysologus, Gerard Majella, Sergius of Radonezh, and Avvakum. After him are Basil Fool for Christ, Anastasius of Persia, Antipope Laurentius, Antipope Honorius II, Dayananda Saraswati, and Aristides of Athens.

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Among people born in 1635, Philipp Spener ranks 8Before him are Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon, Henry Morgan, François l'Olonnais, Köprülüzade Fazıl Ahmed Pasha, Johann Joachim Becher, and Landgravine Elisabeth Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt. After him are Princess Margaret Yolande of Savoy, Eugene Maurice, Count of Soissons, Alexander Farnese, Prince of Parma, Philippe Quinault, Zanabazar, and Isabella d'Este, Duchess of Parma. Among people deceased in 1705, Philipp Spener ranks 9Before him are Emeric Thököly, Luca Giordano, Ninon de l'Enclos, Catherine of Braganza, Sophia Charlotte of Hanover, and John Ray. After him are Madame d'Aulnoy, Pierre Beauchamp, Princess Wilhelmine Ernestine of Denmark, Guillaume Amontons, George William, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and Bada Shanren.

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Among people born in France, Philipp Spener ranks 1,288 out of 6,011Before him are Henri, Count of Paris (1908), Jean-Marc Nattier (1685), Jean-Pierre Serre (1926), Camille Jordan (1838), John III of Navarre (1477), and Étienne Gilson (1884). After him are Amadeus VI, Count of Savoy (1334), Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827), B. H. Liddell Hart (1895), Georges Duby (1919), Louis, Count of Vermandois (1667), and Emma Watson (1990).


Among religious figures born in France, Philipp Spener ranks 64Before him are Jean Mabillon (1632), Antipope Gregory VIII (1100), Jane Frances de Chantal (1572), Thibaud Gaudin (1229), Benedict of Aniane (750), and Odilo of Cluny (961). After him are Lothair II of Italy (1000), Pierre Cauchon (1371), Louise de Marillac (1591), Jeanne Guyon (1648), Humbert of Silva Candida (1000), and Valentin Haüy (1745).