Making Evangelical History: Faith, Scholarship and the Evangelical Past

Routledge Studies in Evangelicalism is a new scholarly series co-founded and co-edited by Andrew Atherstone (Wycliffe Hall’s history tutor) and David Ceri Jones (Aberystwyth University). It publishes monographs and collaborative volumes of significant original research in evangelical history and historical theology, global in scope, from the eighteenth century to the present. Among the first volumes in the series are two edited by Atherstone and Jones:

 

Making Evangelical History: Faith, Scholarship and the Evangelical Past

There is growing public interest in “the history of history”, to which this volume contributes a fresh analysis of historians of evangelicalism from the 1770s to the 2010s, exploring the ways in which their scholarly methods and theological agendas shaped their writings. Each chapter is a case study in evangelical historiography. Some of the historians and biographers examined here were ministers and missionaries (like J. C. Ryle, Geraldine Guinness Taylor, Arnold Dallimore, and Iain Murray), while others are university scholars (like David Bebbington, Mark Noll, and Dana Robert). 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.

 

The Routledge Research Companion to the History of Evangelicalism

This volume 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. 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, and the continuing problems of definition. According to a review in Reading Religion (January 2019), the volume is “a rich resource … there is no finer companion for the study of evangelicalism’s global and historical themes than this.”

 

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