A Short History of Global Evangelicalism by Mark Hutchinson

By Mark Hutchinson

This publication deals an authoritative review of the historical past of evangelicalism as an international circulate, from its origins in Europe and North the US within the first half the eighteenth century to its present-day dynamic progress in Africa, Asia, Latin the USA, and Oceania. beginning with a definition of the flow in the context of the historical past of Protestantism, it follows the heritage of evangelicalism from its early North Atlantic revivals to the nice enlargement within the Victorian period, via to its fracturing and reorientation in line with the stresses of modernity and overall conflict within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. It describes the movement's indigenization and enlargement towards turning into a multicentered and numerous circulation at domestic within the non-Western international that however keeps continuity with its old roots. The ebook concludes with an research of up to date all over the world evangelicalism's present trajectory and the movement's adaptability to altering historic and geographical situations.

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In Ireland, its history has been closely interwoven with the sectarian and political conflicts of that divided island. In many non-European societies, the initial advent of evangelicalism was closely bound up with British or – more recently – American imperialism. Indeed, the very centrality of American influence for globalisation meant that the emergence of the evangelicalism described by Marsden was also critical to the emergence of other forms which diverge from his categories. The challenge, therefore, for a book such as the present one, concerned with evangelicalism as a worldwide phenomenon, is to consider the extent to which Marsden’s concept of an ‘organic movement’ applies on a global canvas, or whether it is in reality only meaningful on a national or regional scale.

The obvious differences (and indeed antagonisms) between fundamentalism and pentecostalism should not obscure notable similarities between them. Both emerged at the same period in the early twentieth century, in an apparent reaction to the perceived complacency of existing forms of evangelicalism. Secondly, both have a sense of eschatological expectation that is greater than in traditional evangelicalism, in the pentecostal experience of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit as a sign of the end of days and in dispensationalist beliefs closely associated with fundamentalism.

1 Two contemporary texts provide a useful, even normative, starting point for this discussion. Jonathan Edwards’s Faithful Narrative, first published in 1737 and recounting events in and around Northampton in western Massachusetts in 1734 and 1735, was rapidly accepted as a definitive account of evangelical revival. Edwards (1703–58) had succeeded his grandfather Solomon Stoddard as Congregational minister of the town in 1729, and a few years later experienced a remarkable response to his preaching, which, for a period at least, transformed the whole community.

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