This book offers an authoritative overview of the history of evangelicalism as a global movement, from its origins in Europe and North America in the first half of the eighteenth century to its present-day dynamic growth in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania. Starting with a definition of the movement within the context of the history of Protestantism, it follows the history of evangelicalism from its early North Atlantic revivals to the great expansion in the Victorian era, through to its fracturing and reorientation in response to the stresses of modernity and total war in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It describes the movement's indigenization and expansion toward becoming a multicentered and diverse movement at home in the non-Western world that nevertheless retains continuity with its historic roots. The book concludes with an analysis of contemporary worldwide evangelicalism's current trajectory and the movement's adaptability to changing historical and geographical circumstances.
Mark Hutchinson is University Historian at the University of Western Sydney. He has also served as founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Australian Christianity (1991-1999) and as Reader in History and Society at Alphacrucis College. His research has been published in the Journal of Religious History, Church History, the History of Education Review and the Australian Journal of Politics and History. John Wolffe is Professor of Religious History at The Open University where he previously served as Head of the Religious Studies Department and as Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts. He is the author of several books and numerous articles and book chapters on evangelicalism and British national identities, most recently The Expansion of Evangelicalism (2006).
Preface; 1. Understanding evangelicalism; 2. 'The surprising work of God': origins to 1790s; 3. Volunteering for the kingdom: 1790s to 1840s; 4. The kingdom enlarged and contested: 1840s to 1870s; 5. A new global spiritual unity: 1870s to 1914; 6. Fighting wars and engaging modernity: 1900s to 1945; 7. Towards global trans-denominationalism: 1945 to 1970s; 8. 'The actual arithmetic': a survey of contemporary global evangelicalism; 9. Localism and transnationality: 1970s to 2010; 10. Conclusion.
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