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A Practical View of Christianity (Hendrickson Christian Classics) Hardcover – October 30, 2006
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William Wilberforce (1759-1833) was a member of the British Parliament. He was also affiliated with the Clapham Sect, a group of Evangelicals who were active in public life. He was very instrumental in many social justice issues, including the abolition of slavery in England.
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In sum, I would say that this is an excellent book, and a good choice for the Christian that is tired of the lack of erudition and reason in modern devotional literature.
William Wilberforce (1759 - 1833) was a member of the English Parliament for the County of York who dedicated his life to abolishing the slave trade. He once wrote that "Almighty God has set before me two great objectives, the abolition of the slave trade and the reformation of manners." This great burden laid on his heart throughout his life, and gave him little leave for rest. He believed that the two were related, for without the reformation of manners through addressing cultural malaise, it would be nearly impossible to abolish the slave trade.
It was within this context that Wilberforce wrote A Practical View of Christianity (originally titled A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity). He hoped to challenge the nominal Christianity of the middle and upper classes of England and to inspire the nation with a fresh view of a religion whose goal was not empty ritual, but transformation through Christ. The book sent a shockwave throughout the nation, and has been crediting with helping to start the second Great Awakening of England.
Wilberforce was a saint in every sense of the word. He restlessly fought for the abolition of the slave trade, presenting motion after motion for abolition, each in turn being thrown out by Parliament, until at last in 1807, Wilberforce's bill passed. Yet he did not stop with the abolition of the slave trade. Wilberforce dedicated nearly two decades thereafter to securing the complete emancipation of the slaves in England. With a circle of trusted friends known as the "Clapham Circle," Wilberforce proved how a small group can change history.Read more ›
This is a book to be treasured and esteemed highly. It is written in a way which catures your attention and give rise to many challenging thoughts. It is the book which changed the course of history 200 years ago and save the downfall of the British Empire. Another remarkable feature of this 200 year old book, is that it is so applicable for the world today, and has a message for every one personally.
Read it thoughtfully and you will be challenged and inspired.
Treasure this book and reread it often.
William Wilberforce is not widely known today except for those who have seen the movie Amazing Grace, but in his own day Wilberforce was one of the most widely admired (and perhaps one of the most widely denounced) political leaders in the world. Although others worked alongside him, he could be said to be the most influential figure in overturning race-based slavery.
This book lets us see the spiritual foundation of his powerful influence. Anglican through and through, he could also be described as an evangelical pietist. By the book marketing standards of his day, this book about the heart of Christian faith was a best-seller.
Two major benefits of reading this modern editing of his book have been seeing that:
1. Wilberforce's emphasis on Christian formation is powerful, featuring many of the same Scripture texts I emphasized in my recent book "Living the Full Bible." Wilberforce strongly attacks a presentation of Christian faith that deals only with assurance of eternal reward and does not deal with Christlike transformation. His emphasis is somewhat like that of John and Charles Wesley in his own time, but like theirs draws on the work of a select group of earlier Anglican, Puritan, and even nonconformist clergy.
2. Wilberforce's critique of the widespread conventional churchianity of his own day, particularly as practiced by the upper crust of society, is potent. He nails the thought patterns that produce complacent cultural conformity rather than ongoing spiritual and moral transformation.
Side Point: When William Wilberforce takes on the Unitarian-Deist clergy of his day (he wrote this in the late 18th century), he sounds like he is taking on the unorthodox scholars of our day. It is startling how little has changed.
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I like anything by this author. I am a Christian and appreciate his writings very much. It is good to relate to that time period.Published on November 22, 2013 by Carolyn Caldarelli
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It is amazing how much this book reflects the many challenges to today's church. It is certainly worth the read.Published on August 29, 2013 by Kenny
The language can be challenging in particular the long sentences with complicated wording.
In particular if English is not your mother tongue but still worthwhile if you want... Read more
It is great that a man like William Wilberforce, the great abolitionist, wrote that his determination to abolish slavery came from his Christian conviction. Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by a Christian family
This book has opened my eyes in so many ways. William has done a great job describing Christianity not only through scripture but also through reasoning. Read morePublished on June 18, 2011 by Justin