This major textbook is a newly researched historical study of Evangelical religion in its British cultural setting from its inception in the time of John Wesley to charismatic renewal today.
The Church of England, the Church of Scotland and the variety of Nonconformist denominations and sects in England, Scotland and Wales are discussed, but the book concentrates on the broad patterns of change affecting all the churches. It shows the great impact of the Evangelical movement on nineteenth-century Britain, accounts for its resurgence since the Second World War and argues that developments in the ideas and attitudes of the movement were shaped most by changes in British culture.
The contemporary interest in the phenomenon of Fundamentalism, especially in the United States, makes the book especially timely.
'… an invaluable history … this volume will stimulate debate and provide a point of reference for all future work in the field.' - Times Higher Education Supplement
'An outstanding contribution to the history of the movement … It will become an invaluable textbook for students and a useful resource for specialists.' - Anvil
' … this book can fairly claim to have made itself indispensable.' - Journal of Religious History