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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (August 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433504014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433504013
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,170,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Bright, breezy, and wearing his learning lightly, historian Catherwood has crafted a most illuminating cross-sectional review of the global evangelical movement as it is today. I found it unputdownable; I think many others will too.”
J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College

“Christopher Catherwood knows history, but not the dry and dusty kind. This book tells a living story in a lively way. It is a kind of ‘editorial meets story time.’ Christopher has all that you need to write a compelling book—style and information, specific examples and opinions. And he knows everyone! So this is not a dry ‘book for the ages’; this is a book for today. If you want to know who evangelicals are and what they’re about, this book will tell you—and this man knows what he’s talking about.”
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks

“The Evangelicals is a good book to give those who know of this purportedly weird tribe only from sensationalistic new stories. Christopher Catherwood’s easy-to-read style makes this introduction to evangelical thought and practice like a cup of chamomile tea at bedtime–and it won’t produce any nightmares.”
Marvin Olasky, Editor in Chief, World News Group

“An eye-opening, stereotype-destroying account of worldwide evangelicalism. Catherwood demonstrates the breadth and dynamism of evangelicals and paints a quite different—and more accurate—picture of them than that often still embraced by secular academics and the secular media—and at times by evangelicals themselves.”
Steve Monsma, senior research fellow, Henry Institude for the study of Christianity and Politics, Calvin College; author, Healing for a Broken World: Christian Perspectives on Public Policy

“Christopher Catherwood’s insider credentials and global contacts make his a voice worth heeding in the evangelical movement. He offers a hopeful take on a God-graced phenomenon spreading worldwide. His critical take on distinctive American traits in evangelicalism will prompt serious reflection.”
Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition; author, Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church

About the Author

Christopher Catherwood, a tutor for the Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education and an instructor at the University of Richmond’s School for Continuing Education, has written and edited more than twenty-five books, including Five Evangelical Leaders, Martyn Lloyd-Jones: A Family Portrait, and Christians, Muslims, and Islamic Rage. He holds degrees from Cambridge and Oxford in modern history and resides in Cambridge with his wife, Paulette.

Customer Reviews

Overall, this quick read is a good introduction on Evangelicalism.
Kolburt W. Schultz
Trials and Tribulations [A look at the different views of the end times held within evangelicalism, and how these views can affect one's politics.] 6.
John Bird
Greater objectivity and/or compassion would have gone a long way to making this a better read.
Matthew R. Green

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Bird on September 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
What is an evangelical? To many on the outside, it is "a white, middle class male Republican from the southern part of the United States." The terms "evangelical" and "religious right" are often used synonymously (to the embarrassment of many evangelicals). But according to Christopher Catherwood, "this description presents a highly misleading picture:"

..."It confuses evangelicalism as a whole, which is a worldwide, global movement, with just a tiny segment of it, and gives it a political coloring that is utterly atypical of evangelicals in most countries today. For it is now widely said that the average evangelical is an economically poor black Nigerian woman with numerous family members suffering from HIV/AIDS."

Catherwood (PhD, University of East Anglia) corrects the false assumptions in his new book, The Evangelicals. He makes clear that what evangelicals share has nothing to do with natural citizenship, family, political views, income, or even denominational affiliation. Instead, they are united by their theological beliefs, which he outlines and describes in his first chapter. He also discusses those beliefs on which evangelicals can disagree while still landing within what is considered evangelical, though they may be the very issues that divide along denominational lines.

"Denominations are part of the lives of most evangelicals, but their ultimate loyalty does, or certainly should, cross denominational boundaries, since what unites us as evangelicals is far more important than what divides us as Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostals, or whatever manmade divisions may exist."

This inclusive spirit is refreshing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ji Li on January 4, 2012
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This is a good book to understand the Evangelical world, although the adoption of the doctrinal faith basis of IEFS might be as important as the Lausanne Covenant according to my persoal view.

I hope it can be translated into Chinese ASAP.
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The Evangelicals is intended to situate contemporary evangelical politics, location, and beliefs. British scholar Christopher Catherwood, who is married to an American and "has talked about the issue of politics with [unidentified American] evangelical friends now for over thirty years" (p. 126), has "seen major shifts, from the years of President [Jimmy] Carter when evangelicals seemed to be Democrats, to the present, where meeting an evangelical Democrat is increasingly rare" (p. 126). He bemoans "the public failures of an elected American politician" (p. 127), and hence "the sheer ineptitude of the Bush Administration," which he believes brought "damage to the reputation of the United States in the wider world" and also embarrassed the evangelical world as well (p. 127).

Catherwood's own political ideology is a bit pink, which explains his quarrel with American evangelicals. He radically distinguishes fundamentalism, which he detests, from what he understands as evangelicalism. He tends to conflate fundamentalism with American-style evangelicalism. Other than Billy Graham, whom he praises for not having been involved in the usual scandals that seem to follow popular evangelical preachers, he detests politically conservative American evangelicalism, though he sees hope for evangelicals in the United States since "Bush is no longer President" and Jerry Falwell and James Kennedy, on the "religious right," have died and James Dobson has retired (p. 127).

The new evangelical bellwether, according to Catherwood, is Albert Mohler, who is "controversial for trying to reintroduce Reformed theology back into the Southern Baptist Convention" (pp. 127--28).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kolburt W. Schultz on May 19, 2011
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The definition of who is an Evangelical is actually quite simple. If you believe the Bible to be inspired and inerrant, that Jesus was the Son of God, that you need to have a born-again experience to go to Heaven, and that you should share your faith with others, chances are you are an Evangelical. But despite this simple definition, a perennial problem for Evangelicals in America is how misunderstood they are by the populace in general, and the media in particular. With an eye to clearing up some of this misunderstanding, Christopher Catherwood recently released an informative little book entitled, appropriately enough, The Evangelicals: What They Believe, Where They Are, And Their Politics. Catherwood's work is a quick read--only 162 pages--that provides a good overview the defining characteristics of Evangelicalism. While those looking for an in-depth analysis of Evangelicalism should look elsewhere, The Evangelicals will help the beginner understand some of the distinctives of Evangelicalism.

One of the main focuses for Catherwood is to show the key doctrines of the faith to which Evangelicals hold. Utilizing several different sources (including the Lausanne Covenant, the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students' statement of faith, and a sample of a British and American church's respective vision statements) Catherwood paints a broad picture of what it means to be an Evangelical. Evangelicals have always been united around key doctrine, so it is important for someone attempting to understand Evangelicalism to recognize what those doctrines are. In this area The Evangelicals is a very beneficial read.
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Christopher Catherwood, a tutor for the Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education and an instructor at the University of Richmond's School for Continuing Education, has written and edited more than twenty-five books, including Five Evangelical Leaders, Martyn Lloyd-Jones: A Family Portrait, and Christians, Muslims, and Islamic Rage. He holds degrees from Cambridge and Oxford in modern history and resides in Cambridge with his wife, Paulette.

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