Early Evangelicalism: A Global Intellectual History, 1670-1789

Early Evangelicalism: A Global Intellectual History, 1670-1789

by W. R. Ward
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521158125

ISBN-13: 9780521158121

Pub. Date: 08/19/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Evangelicalism contributed to the great transformation of ideas in the modern world. This book represents a pioneering study of discussions within the evangelical movements from Central Europe to the American colonies about what constituted evangelical identity, and of the basis of the felt fraternity among evangelical leaders of strickingly different backgrounds.

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Evangelicalism contributed to the great transformation of ideas in the modern world. This book represents a pioneering study of discussions within the evangelical movements from Central Europe to the American colonies about what constituted evangelical identity, and of the basis of the felt fraternity among evangelical leaders of strickingly different backgrounds. Through a global study of the major figures and movements in the early Evangelical world, W.R. Ward aims to show that, down through the eighteenth century, the evangelical elite had coherent answers to the general intellectual problems of their day, and that piety, as well as the Enlightenment, was a significant motor of intellectual change. However, as the century wore on, the evangelicals lost the ability to state a broad intellectual setting for their case, and when they entered on their period of greatest social influence in the nineteenth century their former cohesion disintegrated into acute partisan wrangling.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521158121
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/19/2010
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction 1

1 The thought-world of early evangelicalism 6

2 Spener and the origins of church pietism 24

3 The mystic way or the mystic ways" 40

4 The development of pietism in the Reformed churches 70

5 The Reformed tradition in Britain and America 85

6 Zinzendorf 99

7 John Wesley 119

8 Jonathan Edwards 140

9 The disintegration of the old evangelicalism 156

Conclusion 184

Select and user-friendly bibliography 194

Index 214

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