Evangelicalism, an inter-denominational religious movement that has grown to become one of the most pervasive expressions of world Christianity in the early twenty-first century, had its origins in the religious revivals led by George Whitefield, John Wesley and Jonathan Edwards in the middle decades of the eighteenth century. With its stress on the Bible, the cross of Christ, conversion and the urgency of mission, it quickly spread throughout the Atlantic world and then became a global phenomenon.
Over the past three decades evangelicalism has become the focus of considerable historical research. This research companion brings together a team of leading scholars writing broad-ranging chapters on key themes in the history of evangelicalism. It provides an authoritative and state-of-the-art review of current scholarship, and maps the territory for future research. Primary attention is paid to English-speaking evangelicalism, but the volume is transnational in its scope. Arranged thematically, chapters assess evangelicalism and the Bible, the atonement, spirituality, revivals and revivalism, worldwide mission in the Atlantic North and the Global South, eschatology, race, gender, culture and the arts, money and business, interactions with Roman Catholicism, Eastern Christianity, and Islam, and globalization. It demonstrates evangelicalism’s multiple and contested identities in different ages and contexts.
The historical and thematic approach of this research companion makes it an invaluable resource for scholars and students alike worldwide.
"The Routledge Research Companion to the History of Evangelicalism is a rich resource […] there is no finer companion for the study of evangelicalism’s global and historical themes than this."
Alex Gunter Parrish - Reading Religion
1 Evangelicals and evangelicalisms: contested identities
Andrew Atherstone and David Ceri Jones
2 Evangelicals and the Bible
Mark A. Noll
3 Evangelicals and the cross
David Ceri Jones
4 Evangelical Spirituality
Peter J. Morden
5 Evangelicals, revival and revivalism
Michael J. McClymond
6 Evangelicals and Rome
7 Evangelicals and Eastern Christianity
8 Evangelicals and Islam
9 Evangelicals and mission in the Atlantic North
10 Evangelicals and mission in the Global South
11 Evangelicals and the end of the world
Mark S. Sweetnam
12 Evangelicals and race
John Coffey and Stephen Tuck
13 Evangelicals and gender
14 Evangelicals, culture and the arts
15 Evangelicals, money and business
16 Evangelicals and globalization
The study of evangelicalism is a well-developed discipline with a strong international readership. A major movement within global Christianity, it continues to attract considerable scholarly and ‘popular’ interest on both sides of the Atlantic and further afield. The Routledge Studies in Evangelicalism series publishes monographs and collaborative volumes of significant original research in any aspect of evangelical history or historical theology from the eighteenth century to the present, and is global in its scope. This series will appeal both to the flourishing community of scholars of religious history and to informed practitioners within the evangelical constituency.