By Mark Hutchinson
This e-book bargains an authoritative evaluate of the heritage of evangelicalism as an international circulation, from its origins in Europe and North the United States within the first half the eighteenth century to its present-day dynamic development in Africa, Asia, Latin the United States, and Oceania. beginning with a definition of the flow in the context of the heritage of Protestantism, it follows the historical past of evangelicalism from its early North Atlantic revivals to the nice enlargement within the Victorian period, via to its fracturing and reorientation in line with the stresses of modernity and overall conflict within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. It describes the movement's indigenization and growth towards changing into a multicentered and various move at domestic within the non-Western international that however keeps continuity with its historical roots. The ebook concludes with an research of up to date world wide evangelicalism's present trajectory and the movement's adaptability to altering old and geographical situations.
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Those who believed – like William Jennings Bryan in the Scopes trial – that essential truths were at stake saw no room for compromise. A parallel quip for a pentecostal might be ‘an evangelical who is happy about something’, the happiness being rooted in an experience of empowering by the Holy Spirit and leading to optimism (sometimes exaggerated) about the potentiality for further spiritual transformations. The ‘anger’ of fundamentalists stems from the need to define themselves against a hostile world; pentecostals also believe the world to be hostile, but have much greater confidence in God’s ability to change it.
Secondly, both have a sense of eschatological expectation that is greater than in traditional evangelicalism, in the pentecostal experience of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit as a sign of the end of days and in dispensationalist beliefs closely associated with fundamentalism. Thirdly, both have been popular movements ‘from below’, engaging large numbers of poor, or at least less privileged, people and adopting a critical, if not hostile, attitude to established intellectual, political and social elites.
George Whitefield, The First Two Parts of His Life, With His Journals, London: Strahan, 1756, p. 11. 32 A SHORT HISTORY OF GLOBAL EVANGELICALISM rich confluence of tributaries in post-Reformation European and North Atlantic Protestantism, all with considerable preceding histories of their own, but creating a new and distinctive blend. It was not American religion, English religion or German religion, but a meeting of multiple post-Reformation spiritualities brought together by the geographical movement of peoples as well as by the transmission of ideas.