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Hardcover
330 pages
Apr 2004
InterVarsity Press

The Rise of Evangelicalism

by Mark A. Noll

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Review:

Genealogy is a hot topic in today's world. People take great interest in building their Family Tree. In The Rise of Evangelicalism the contemporary evangelical Christian is able to trace roots, see family ties, begin to understand the growth and formation of today's gospel church. The 17th thru early 19th century saw radical changes in both secular and ecclesiastical fields in Britain and North America. Author Mark Noll takes a panoramic look at the changes and growth in the church: inherited church orders vs. authentic Christian experience, the rise of new denominations; daring Christians; a new breed of preachers and teachers; antipathy from the established church; various revivals; controversies and splits within the evangelical groups; as well as other themes. He winds his narrative around Jonathon Edwards, George Whitefield, and the Wesleys, but does not neglect other notables of this time. Hymns born during this era and still appreciated today are used to illustrate the radical, Evangelical ideals of true Christianity as opposed to inherited church order. Information about a few other world areas is included. Noll closes with an Afterward which compares the problems and victories of the early era of Evangelicalism.

McManus Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College, visiting professor at several famous divinity schools, noted historical author, Mark A. Noll brings scholarship, enthusiasm, and a narrator's skill to this subject. Pre-eminently a historical account, replete with dates and names, The Rise of Evangelicalism will interest all curious, thinking Christians. The reader will see many contemporary achievements, foibles, and problems mirrored by our forefathers. This volume is the first in a projected five volume series by various authors. The other four are: The Age of More, Wilberforce, Chalmers and Finney; The Age of Spurgeon and Moody; The Age of Mott, Machen and McPherson; The Age of Graham and Stott. -- Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com

Book Jacket:

The word evangelical is widely used and widely misunderstood. Where did evangelicals come from? What motivated them? How did their influence become so widespread throughout the world during the eighteenth century?

This inaugural book in a series that charts the course of English-speaking evangelicalism over the last three hundred years offers a multinational narrative of the origin, development and rapid diffusion of evangelical movements in their first two generations. Theology, hymnody, gender, warfare, politics and science are all taken into consideration. But the focus is on the landmark individuals, events and organizations that shaped the story of the beginnings of this vibrant Christian movement.

The revivals in Britain and North America in the mid-eighteenth century proved to be foundational in the development of the movement, its ethos, beliefs and subsequent direction. In these revivals the core commitments of evangelicals were formed that continue to this day. In this volume we find the fascinating story of their formation, their strengths and their weaknesses, but always their dynamism.