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Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s Revised ed. Edition

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'... an invaluable history ... this volume will stimulate debate and provide a point of reference for all future work in the field.' - Times Higher Education Supplement

'An outstanding contribution to the history of the movement ... It will become an invaluable textbook for students and a useful resource for specialists.' - Anvil

' ... this book can fairly claim to have made itself indispensable.' - Journal of Religious History

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Bebbington is senior lecturer in history at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He earned his Ph.D. from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Revised ed. edition (September 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415104645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415104647
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This is an extremely helpful analysis of Evangelicalism that covers almost the entirety of its history. Unlike most scholars Bebbington argues that Evangelicalism had its roots in the Enlightenment and was a product of Enlightenment epistemology, rather than being a reaction to the frigid rationalism of that age. More convincing is his discussion of the role the assurance of one's salvation played in Evangelicalism. Bebbington notes that Puritans throughout the 1600s had had conversion experiences, but that they were highly scrutinized by their coreligionists. The Evangelical breakthrough came when Jonathan Edwards accepted the experiences of those who claimed to be born again as valid in his New England parish. With the conversion of Whitefield and Wesley the assurance of one's salvation came to the forefront of the Evangelical experience. As the movement gained momentum and adapted itself to new exigencies the possibility of conversion was held out to larger and larger audiences and revivalism was born. This was a far cry from the rigid scrutiny Evangelicals' Puritan predecessors would have been subjected to.

In its heyday Evangelicalism would have been considered politically liberal by late 20th century/early 21st century American standards in that it was progressive, fighting for social justice and social transformation as well as emphasizing education and a call to a personal relationship with Christ. Bebbington notes that 19th century Evangelicalism was a "happy religion."

Bebbington focuses on the movement as a whole rather than particular denominations. This is a sound approach, but sometimes one gets the impression that a solitary individual such as Edward Irving becomes representative of Evangelicals as a whole.
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This is the standard and best text on its subject, but unfortunately the Kindle edition is riddled with spelling errors. Clearly the book was simply scanned and the result never checked before being published. There are numerous mistakes on almost every 'page'. This is lazy publishing. Thankfully footnotes are consistently hyperlinked so you can jump to a footnote from the text and back again easily.
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Fullsome treatment written by a trusted scholar. Excellent background to major denominations and movements. Some useful background on important personalities of the period.
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