A Short History of Global Evangelicalism by Mark Hutchinson

By Mark Hutchinson

This booklet bargains an authoritative assessment of the heritage of evangelicalism as a world circulation, from its origins in Europe and North the US within the first 1/2 the eighteenth century to its present-day dynamic development in Africa, Asia, Latin the United States, and Oceania. beginning with a definition of the stream in the context of the historical past 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 battle within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. It describes the movement's indigenization and enlargement towards changing into a multicentered and various circulation 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 all over the world evangelicalism's present trajectory and the movement's adaptability to altering historic and geographical conditions.

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Meanwhile, in Silesia in 1708, there was a remarkable revival movement led by children who gathered in camp meetings for prayer and singing. By 1720, revival had spread to neighbouring Bohemia, and in 1727, Zinzendorf ’s community at Herrnhut experienced a powerful revival, stimulated by the conversion of a recently bereaved eleven-year-old girl. 17 In Britain, too, there were significant forerunners of later revival, in the ministry of John Balfour at Nigg in Easter Ross from 173018 and in the stirrings that accompanied the formation of the Associate Presbytery in 1733.

61 While in this sentence Hatch carefully avoids using the word ‘evangelical’, it comes back into his analysis in the following paragraph as he discusses developments in the United States since the Second World War. Here he makes it clear that his essential point is not that evangelicalism does not exist, but that its ‘dynamic . . decentralized, competitive’62 character means that it is not – and probably never can be – a coherently structured whole. It should also be noted that Hatch’s and Hart’s reservations about the term ‘evangelicalism’ relate to its use in relation to the later-twentieth-century United States.

Its very ascendancy in the literature, however, carries the risk of leading to an overly homogeneous impression of evangelicalism, obscuring those committed to sharper theological definition, as well as significant distinctive local emphases and features of belief and practice not explicit in Bebbington’s short summary of four evangelical qualities. Finally, Stuart Piggin, in the ‘Preface’ to his historical survey of evangelicalism in Australia, offers a three-stranded interpretative model: Evangelicalism is concerned to foster an intimate, even intense, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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