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The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism

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Evangelicalism appeared as a new pattern of Christian devotion at a moment when the foundations of Anglo-American society were shifting. The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism locates the rise of evangelical religion in relation to movements that we now routinely acknowledge with capital letters: Modernity, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment. The book examines the evangelical awakening in connection with the history of science, law, art, and literature. The eighteenth century saw a profound turn toward nature and the authority of natural knowledge in each of these discourses. As a more democratic public sphere became available for debating contemporary concerns, evangelicals forcefully pressed their agenda for "true religion," believing it was still possible to experience "the life of God in the soul of man." The results were dramatic and disruptive. Bruce Hindmarsh provides a fresh perspective, and presents new research, on the thought of leading figures such as John and Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, and Jonathan Edwards. He also traces the significance of evangelical spirituality for elites and non-elites across multiple genres. This book traces the meaning of evangelical devotion in a rich variety of contexts, from the scribbled marginalia of lay Methodists and the poetry of an African-American laywoman to the visual culture of grand manner portraits and satirical prints. Viewing devotion, culture, and ideas together, it is possible to see the advent of evangelicalism as a significant new episode in the history of Christian spirituality.


D. Bruce Hindmarsh holds the James M. Houston Chair of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver. A past president of the American Society of Church History, he has published and spoken widely to international audiences on the history of early British evangelicalism. His previous books include John Newton and the English Evangelical Tradition and The Evangelical Conversion Narrative, both by Oxford University Press.


Abbreviations Introduction 1. George Whitefield and the Emergence of Evangelical Devotion 2. Evangelical Devotion and the Transition to Modernity 3. The Classical Sources of Evangelical Devotion 4. Evangelicals and the Rise of Science 5. Evangelical Spirituality and the Natural World 6. The Making of the Evangelical Conscience 7. Law and Conversion in Evangelical Devotion 8. Art and Evangelical Spiritual Aspirations Conclusion Index


Titel: The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism
Untertitel: True Religion in a Modern World
EAN: 9780190616700
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Hersteller: Oxford University Press
Genre: Religion, Theologie
Anzahl Seiten: 336
Veröffentlichung: 01.12.2017
Dateigrösse: 32.8 MB
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