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Conscience and Compromise: Forgotten Evangelicals of Nineteenth-Century Scotland (Studies in Evangelical History and Thought) Paperback – January 1, 2007
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The Scottish Episcopal Church in the nineteenth century was dominated by High Churchmen. But by around 1820, Evangelical clergy began to take up posts within its fold, particularly in the major Scottish cities, holiday centres and in places where wealthy patrons could supply funds necessary to sustain a church. The Evangelical newcomers reached a numerical peak from 1842 to 1854, when they accounted for around one in seven of all episcopal clergy in Scotland. They provided some of the most active and vibrant ministries in the country, notable for their work among the poor and in Sabbatarian, temperance and missionary endeavours. At the same time their private lives were marked by an attractiveness which belied some contemporary critics of Evangelicalism. The book explores the history of Evangelical Episcopalians in nineteenth-century Scotland. Doctrinal differences with the Scottish Episcopal Church particularly concerning evangelism eucharistic and baptismal thought are studied in detail against the background of the social history of this important group of churchmen.
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"This well-researched book brings to light a hitherto under-researched group, the Evangelical Episcopalians, and gives them due place in the religious history of nineteenth-century Scotland." — Helen Dingwall, University of Stirling "Largely unknown and untold, this is a key piece of Scottish Episcopal Church history. Evangelicals are a significant part of the Church, and their story is told clearly, thoroughly, and movingly — a testimony to both writer and supervisor. As you meet these remarkable characters, you'll see their energy, qualities, and caliber as leaders and members of Evangelical Episcopal Churches in the past. As they planted churches and debated communion, we find many of the challenges they faced are still with us. They have much to say about expressing contemporary biblical concerns in a mixed and compromised church." — Mike Parker, General Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance in Scotland and formerly Rector of St. Thomas's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh "This fascinating and meticulously researched book rescues Evangelical Episcopalians from undeserved obscurity, and illuminates important wider themes in religious history. Meldrum deftly handles both the theology and the social history of her subject." — John R. Rolfe, The Open University "The Scottish Episcopal Church has exercised a profound influence on the course of Scotland's religious history. In this thoroughly researched study, Dr. Meldrum explores the neglected Evangelical tradition within nineteenth-century Scottish Episcopalianism, bringing to life the personalities and controversies, piety, and social outreach of this vibrant religious movement." — Stewart J. Brown, University of Edinburgh School of Divinity
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Patricia Meldrum was educated at the Henrietta Barnett School, London, and went on to obtain an honours BSc from London University. She then worked for the Medical Research Council in Cambridge and as a teacher in Biology at the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology. On moving to Edinburgh in 1969 she spent the ensuing years caring for her family and helping with a variety of children's activities, home groups, women's and missionary meetings and Alpha courses at St Thomas's Church in that city. In 1994 she gained an honours degree in Arts from the Open University which led to obtaining a PhD in History at Stirling University, the content of which forms the substance of this book.
- Publisher : Paternoster (January 1, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 438 pages
- ISBN-10 : 184227421X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1842274217
- Item Weight : 1.44 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.57 x 0.98 x 9.06 inches
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