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Author Douglas Sweeney begins with a brief outline of the key features that define evangelicals and then explores the roots of the movement in English Pietism and the Great Awakening of the eighteenth century. He goes on to consider the importance of missions in the development of evangelicalism and the continuing emphasis placed on evangelism. Sweeney next examines the different subgroups of American evangelicals and the current challenges faced by the movement, concluding with reflections on the future of evangelicalism.
Combining a narrative style with historical detail and insight, this accessible, illustrated book will appeal to readers interested in the history of the movement, as well as students of church history.
|1||Evangelical : what's in a word?||17|
|2||A surprising work of God : the eighteenth-century revival||27|
|3||Crafting new wineskins : institutionalizing the movement||53|
|4||As the waters cover the sea : the rise of evangelical missions||79|
|5||Crossing the color line without working to erase it : evangelical history in black and white||107|
|6||In search of a higher Christian life : the Holiness, Pentecostal, and Charismatic movements||133|
|7||Standing on the promises through howling storms of doubt : fundamentalism and neoevangelicalism||155|
|Conclusion : the future of evangelicalism||181|