Reformed Confessionalism in Nineteenth Century America Essays on the Thought of John Williamson Nevin

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The past two decades have seen a resurgence of interest in American manifestations of the nineteenth century high-church movement, including the German Reformed confessionalism of the "Mercersburg theology" of John Williamson Nevin (1803-1886) and Philip Scharff (1819-1893). Reformed Confessionalism in Nineteenth Century America is a scholarly yet accessible resource for religious historians, mainline and evangelical ecumenists, liturgists, pastors, and educated laypersons. Contributors include James D. Bratt, ...

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Overview

The past two decades have seen a resurgence of interest in American manifestations of the nineteenth century high-church movement, including the German Reformed confessionalism of the "Mercersburg theology" of John Williamson Nevin (1803-1886) and Philip Scharff (1819-1893). Reformed Confessionalism in Nineteenth Century America is a scholarly yet accessible resource for religious historians, mainline and evangelical ecumenists, liturgists, pastors, and educated laypersons. Contributors include James D. Bratt, Richard E. Wentz, Walter Conser, Jr., and John B. Payne.

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Editorial Reviews

Ecclesiastical History
...helpful...a useful introduction to the Mercersburg Theology for general readers as well as a resource for academic historians.
Church History
The editors have likewise served us well by pulling the thoughts of these writers together into a brief volume that identifies, locates, and explores important characterisitics of a seminal nineteenth-century servant of the church.
Westminster Theological Journal
This volume is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the Mercersburg theology. I highly recommend it to those who are interested in nineteenth-century Reformed thought, as well as those who are searching for a more satisfying alternative to the "new measures" of the modern church-growth movement.
Journal of Ecumenical Studies
...a timely book...the essays in this collection together present a sweeping view of Nevin's life...
Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture
The editors have likewise served us well by pulling the thoughts of these writers together into a brief volume that identifies, locates, and explores important characterisitics of a seminal nineteenth-century servant of the church.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810830585
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Series: ATLA Monograph Series , #38
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Hamstra, Jr., Ph.D., is Chaplin at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, where his responsibilities include teaching theology and directing the campus ministry. Arie J. Griffioen, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Religion and Theology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Contributors
Biographical Sketch of John Williamson Nevin
Introduction
1 Nevin and the Antebellum Culture Wars 1
2 Nevin and American Nationalism 23
3 Nevin's Idealistic Philosophy 43
4 Nevin and Schaff at Mercersburg 69
5 Nevin on the Church 97
6 Nevin on the Lord's Supper 113
7 Nevin on Baptism 125
8 Nevin on Regeneration 153
9 Nevin on the Pastoral Office 169
10 Nevin's Holistic Supernaturalism 193
11 Nevin and Methodism 209
Primary Bibliography 233
Secondary Bibliography 245
Index 255
About the Editors 257
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