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 become 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 77,723 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Philipp Spener is the 758th most popular religious figure (up from 759th in 2019), the 1,122nd most popular biography from France (down from 1,115th in 2019) and the 52nd 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 758 out of 2,272Before him are Guru Gobind Singh, Jean-Louis Tauran, Brendan, Anthony de Mello, Raymond of Penyafort, and La Voisin. After him are Charles Spurgeon, Romano Guardini, Eusebius of Nicomedia, Isidore the Laborer, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow, and Antipope Philip.

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Among people born in 1635, Philipp Spener ranks 7Before him are Robert Hooke, Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon, Henry Morgan, Köprülüzade Fazıl Ahmed Pasha, François l'Olonnais, and Johann Joachim Becher. After him are Landgravine Elisabeth Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt, Philippe Quinault, Alexander Farnese, Prince of Parma, Princess Margaret Yolande of Savoy, Zanabazar, and Isabella d'Este, Duchess of Parma. Among people deceased in 1705, Philipp Spener ranks 8Before him are Jacob Bernoulli, Luca Giordano, Emeric Thököly, Sophia Charlotte of Hanover, Catherine of Braganza, and Ninon de l'Enclos. After him are John Ray, Pierre Beauchamp, Madame d'Aulnoy, George William, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Bada Shanren, and Guillaume Amontons.

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Among people born in France, Philipp Spener ranks 1,122 out of 5,234Before him are Louis, Count of Vermandois (1667), Theudebert II (585), Ernest Chausson (1855), Charles Nodier (1780), La Voisin (1640), and Pepin II of Aquitaine (823). After him are Antoine César Becquerel (1788), Emma Watson (1990), Charles-Marie Widor (1844), Georges Gilles de la Tourette (1857), Sophie of France (1734), and Georges Auric (1899).


Among religious figures born in France, Philipp Spener ranks 52Before him are Martin Bucer (1491), Saint Remigius (437), William of Gellone (750), Louise de Marillac (1591), Jean-Louis Tauran (1943), and La Voisin (1640). After him are Jean Mabillon (1632), Medardus (470), Saint Eligius (588), Leonard of Noblac (496), Thibaud Gaudin (1229), and Roger Etchegaray (1922).