A Short History of Global Evangelicalism by Mark Hutchinson

By Mark Hutchinson

This e-book deals an authoritative assessment of the historical past of evangelicalism as a world circulation, from its origins in Europe and North the United States within the first 1/2 the eighteenth century to its present-day dynamic progress in Africa, Asia, Latin the USA, and Oceania. beginning with a definition of the circulation in the context of the background of Protestantism, it follows the historical past of evangelicalism from its early North Atlantic revivals to the good growth within the Victorian period, via to its fracturing and reorientation based on the stresses of modernity and overall warfare within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. It describes the movement's indigenization and enlargement towards turning into a multicentered and numerous move at domestic within the non-Western global that however keeps continuity with its old roots. The e-book concludes with an research of latest around the globe evangelicalism's present trajectory and the movement's adaptability to altering ancient and geographical situations.

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A Short History of Global Evangelicalism

This ebook deals an authoritative evaluate of the background of evangelicalism as a world circulate, from its origins in Europe and North the USA within the first half the eighteenth century to its present-day dynamic progress in Africa, Asia, Latin the United States, and Oceania. beginning with a definition of the stream in the context of the historical past of Protestantism, it follows the background of evangelicalism from its early North Atlantic revivals to the nice growth within the Victorian period, via to its fracturing and reorientation in line with the stresses of modernity and overall conflict within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries.

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2 This was not the first time the people of Northampton had experienced a spiritual awakening: Edwards himself acknowledged that such ‘harvests’ had occurred five times during Stoddard’s long ministry over the preceding sixty years. Nor were these occurrences by any means unique to Northampton. Nevertheless, it was clear that both he and his readers felt that there was something qualitatively new about the scale and depth of the revival of 1734–5. For them it was quite literally, as stated in the full title of Edwards’s Narrative, ‘a surprising work of God’, the direct intervention of the Holy Spirit in human affairs.

Such difficulties point to the importance of avoiding pre-definition in the study of evangelicalism as an historical subject. Three further important dimensions of evangelicalism merit attention. W. 64 This follows naturally from emphasis on salvation by faith alone, on the importance of personal conversion, and on the legitimacy and indeed spiritual duty of private reading and interpretation of the Bible. Moreover, the widespread, if not universal, evangelical experience of assurance of salvation that followed conversion could produce religious self-confidence, even arrogance.

The first two are broad and inclusive, the latter more narrow and specific. First, evangelicalism is a conceptual unity that designates a group of Christians who fit a certain definition. Second, evangelicalism can designate a more organic movement. Religious groups with some common traditions and experiences, despite wide diversities and only meager institutional interconnections, may constitute a movement in the sense of moving or tending in some common directions. 50 Even though the specific language of Marsden’s summary of evangelical belief differs from that we have offered earlier, there is substantive similarity except that inherent human sinfulness is merely implicit in his definition.

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