Early Evangelicalism: A Global Intellectual History, 1670-1789

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Overview

Evangelicalism contributed to the great transformation of ideas in the modern world. This 2006 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 fraternity among evangelical leaders of strikingly 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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"In his path-breaking book Early Evangelicalism: A Global Intellectual History, 1670-1789, Ward offers a bold new geneolopgy of evangelicalism that transforms our understanding of its intellectual roots...it is one of the most ambitious books about evangelicalism ever written."
Catherine A. Brekus, Books and Culture

"Ward's comand of primary sources is impressive...the scholarship is admirable...Early Evangelicalism is a valuable resource." —Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521864046
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2006
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. The Thought-world of Early Evangelicalism; 2. Spener and the Origins of Church Pietism; 3. The Mystic Way or the Mystic Ways; 4. The Development of Pietism in the Reformed Churches; 5. The Reformed Tradition in Britain and America; 6. Zinzendorf; 7. John Wesley; 8. Jonathan Edwards; 9. The Disintegration of the old Evangelicalism; Conclusion; Bibliography.

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