This volume makes a significant contribution to the ‘history of ecclesiastical histories’, with a fresh analysis of historians of evangelicalism from the eighteenth century to the present. It explores the ways in which their scholarly methods and theological agendas shaped their writings.
Each chapter presents a case study in evangelical historiography. Some of the historians and biographers examined here were ministers and missionaries, while others were university scholars. They are drawn from Anglican, Baptist, Congregationalist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Fundamentalist and Pentecostal denominations. Their histories cover not only transatlantic evangelicalism, but also the spread of the movement across China, Africa, and indeed the whole globe. Some wrote for a popular Christian readership, emphasising edification and evangelical hagiography; others have produced weighty monographs for the academy.
These case studies shed light on the way the discipline has developed, and also the heated controversies over whether one approach to evangelical history is more legitimate than the rest. As a result, this book will be of considerable interest to historians of religion.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Towards a History of Evangelical Histories
Andrew Atherstone and David Ceri Jones
1 John Gillies and the Evangelical Revivals
David Ceri Jones
2 Erasmus Middleton’s Biographia Evangelica
3 Dissent and Religious Liberty in David Bogue and James Bennett’s History of Dissenters
4 J. C. Ryle and Evangelical Churchmanship
5 Luke Tyerman and the History of Early Methodism
6 Geraldine Guinness Taylor and the Histories of the China Inland Mission
7 G. R. Balleine and the Evangelical Party
8 Arnold Dallimore: Whitefield’s Champion
Ian Hugh Clary
9 Iain H. Murray and the Rise and Fall of British Evangelicalism
David Ceri Jones
10 Ogbu Kalu and African Pentecostalism
11 Timothy L. Smith, George Marsden, David Bebbington and Anglo-American Evangelicalism
12 Andrew Walls, Brian Stanley, Dana Robert, Mark Noll and Global Evangelicalism
Andrew Atherstone is Latimer Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, UK. He is co-editor of Evangelicalism and the Church of England in the Twentieth Century (2014) and The Routledge Research Companion to the History of Evangelicalism (2018).
David Ceri Jones is Reader in Early Modern History at Aberystwyth University, UK. He is co-editor of George Whitefield: Life, Context, and Legacy (2016), and The Routledge Research Companion to the History of Evangelicalism (2018).