Importing Faith: The Effect of American 'Word of Faith' Culture on Contemporary English Evangelical Revivalism

Importing Faith: The Effect of American 'Word of Faith' Culture on Contemporary English Evangelical Revivalism

By: Glyn J. Ackerley (author)Paperback

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Many twenty-first-century evangelical charismatics in Britain are looking for a faith that works. They want to experience the miraculous in terms of healings and Godsent financial provision. Many have left the mainstream churches to join independent charismatic churches led by those who are perceived to have special insights and to teach principles that will help believers experience the miraculous. But all is not rosy in this promised paradise, and when people are not healed or they remain poor they are often told that it is because they did not have enough faith. This study discovers the origin of the principles that are taught by some charismatic leaders. Glyn Ackerley identifies them as the same ideas that are taught by the positive confession, health, wealth, and prosperity movement, originating in the United States. The origins of the ideas are traced back to New Thought metaphysics and its background philosophies of subjective idealism and pragmatism. These principles were imported into the UK through contact between British leaders and those influenced by American "word of faith" teachers. Glyn Ackerley explains the persuasiveness of such teachers by examining case studies, suggesting their "miracles" may well have social and psychological explanations rather than divine origins.

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Glyn J. Ackerley is Director of Ordinands in the Diocese of Rochester, and Vicar of Shorne in Kent. He was ordained in 1987 and was Vicar of St. Philip and St. James, Walderslade from 1994 to 2009.


Foreword by Martyn Percy Acknowledgements Introduction Part One: Introducing the Word of Faith Culture 1 Current Literature on Word of Faith 2 Performative Rhetorical Approach and American Historical Background 3 Word of Faith and American Religion Part Two: Three Case Studies in England Introduction 4 The Rhetoric and Faith Theology of Colin Urquhart 5 The Rhetoric and Faith Theology of Michael Reid 6 The Rhetoric and Faith Theology of Jerry Savelle Part Three: The Effect of Word of Faith on Some English Revivalist Churches Introduction 7 Using Insights from Congregational Studies, Organizational Theory, and Anthropology 8 The Charisma of Leaders Summary Appendix Bibliography Index

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  • publication date: 28/07/2016
  • ISBN13: 9780718894252
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780718894252
  • ISBN10: 0718894251

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