This book treads new ground by bringing the Evangelical and Dissenting movements within Christianity into close engagement with one another. While Evangelicalism and Dissent both have well established historiographies, there are few books that specifically explore the relationship between the two. Thus, this complex relationship is often overlooked and underemphasised.
The volume is organised chronologically, covering the period from the late seventeenth century to the closing decades of the twentieth century. Some chapters deal with specific centuries but others chart developments across the whole period covered by the book. Chapters are balanced between those that concentrate on an individual, such as George Whitefield or John Stott, and those that focus on particular denominational groups like Wesleyan Methodism, Congregationalism or the ‘Black Majority Churches’. The result is a new insight into the cross pollination of these movements that will help the reader to understand modern Christianity in England and Wales more fully.
Offering a fresh look at the development of Evangelicalism and Dissent, this volume will be of keen interest to any scholar of Religious Studies, Church History, Theology or modern Britain.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Evangelicalism, Dissent and their Historians
David Bebbington and David Ceri Jones
1 Dissent and the Origins of the Evangelical Revival
2 George Whitefield and Dissent
David Ceri Jones
3 Wesleyan Methodism and Nonconformity
4 Anglican Seceders and English Dissent, 1800-50
5 Congregationalists and Crucicentrism
6 Feminism and the English Free Church Tradition, 1918-45
Sarah C. Williams
7 The Anglican Temptation? John Stott and Nonconformist Evangelicals in an Age of Secularization in England, 1945-2000
8 A New Nonconformity: Ethnicity, Evangelicalism and Ecumenism, c. 1952-85
David Bebbington is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Stirling. His publications include Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s (1989), Victorian Nonconformity (1992; second edition 2011), and as co-editor Evangelicals: Who they Have Been, Are Now and Could Be (2019). He is currently working on a study of Victorian Wesleyan Methodism in Leeds and the Shetland Isles.
David Ceri Jones is a Reader in Early Modern History at Aberystwyth University. His most recent publications include, as co-editor, George Whitefield: Life, Context and Legacy (2016), The Routledge Research Companion to the History of Evangelicalism (2018), and Making Evangelical History: Faith, Scholarship and the Evangelical Past (2019). He is currently preparing an edition of the correspondence of George Whitefield.