By Mark Hutchinson
This e-book deals an authoritative evaluate of the background of evangelicalism as a world move, from its origins in Europe and North the United States within the first 1/2 the eighteenth century to its present-day dynamic progress in Africa, Asia, Latin the US, and Oceania. beginning with a definition of the circulate in the context of the heritage of Protestantism, it follows the historical past of evangelicalism from its early North Atlantic revivals to the good growth within the Victorian period, via to its fracturing and reorientation according to the stresses of modernity and overall struggle within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. It describes the movement's indigenization and growth towards turning into a multicentered and numerous move at domestic within the non-Western international that however keeps continuity with its historical roots. The e-book concludes with an research of up to date around the world evangelicalism's present trajectory and the movement's adaptability to altering old and geographical conditions.
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Hatch, Response to Henry, p. 97. , p. 98. Hart, Deconstructing Evangelicalism, pp. 19–28. UNDERSTANDING EVANGELICALISM 19 therefore, did not exist before the mid-twentieth century. Indeed, a significant challenge for anyone taking a historically and geographically wide-ranging view of evangelicalism is to move beyond the preconceptions that arise from the visibility of the contemporary and near-contemporary American experience in order to gain a more rounded appreciation of its nature and significance.
Moreover, the widespread, if not universal, evangelical experience of assurance of salvation that followed conversion could produce religious self-confidence, even arrogance. Evangelical individualism undergirded the movement’s dynamism and energy and was entirely compatible with the creation of intense, mutually supportive communities, but it also does much to explain its diversity and tendency to fragmentation. Authentic aspirations for evangelical coherence have always been for ‘unity in diversity’ rather than uniformity.
Marsden’s approach is especially helpful in distinguishing between different senses of the word ‘evangelicalism’: We can avoid many of the pitfalls in speaking about . . ‘evangelicalism’ if we simply distinguish among three distinct, though overlapping, senses in which evangelicalism may be thought of as a unity. The first two are broad and inclusive, the latter more narrow and specific. First, evangelicalism is a conceptual unity that designates a group of Christians who fit a certain definition.
A Short History of Global Evangelicalism by Mark Hutchinson