By Andrew Chandler
W.R. Ward used to be probably the most influential historians of recent faith to be discovered at paintings in Britain in the course of the 20th century. throughout fifty years his writings provoked a tremendous reconsideration by means of historians of the importance of faith in society and its value within the contexts of political, cultural and highbrow existence. Ward used to be, certainly, a world student who did a lot to repudiate any settled figuring out that non secular background existed in purely nationwide different types. specifically, he confirmed how a lot British and American faith owed to the insights of Continental eu idea and event. This ebook provides lots of Ward's most crucial articles and offers an image of the nature, and outstanding breadth, of his paintings. Embracing stories of John Wesley and the advance of Methodism at huge, the goals of Evangelicals in an age of foreign project, where of mysticism in evolution of Protestantism and the family of church buildings and secular powers within the 20th century, Andrew Chandler concludes that it was once in such scholarship that Ward 'quietly recast the image that we've got of the prior and drew our consciousness in the direction of a miles larger, tougher and extra fascinating, landscape.'
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This request came from patricians and academics, but, to the surprise of all, the meetings attracted people of quite humble status, some dozens of them, including eventually women, who were allowed to sit in an adjacent room and listen but not speak. The meetings became steadily more formal and clericalised as time went on. 20 He always wanted something much This story has recently been elucidated in detail by Andreas Deppermann, Johann Jakob Schütz und die Anfänge des Pietismus (Tübingen, 2002).
For lesser men this could be a welcome excuse for intellectual idleness, and it was a temptation from which the evangelical movement never managed completely to free itself. The second consequence was more personal and paradoxical. Francke’s conversion, the outcome of a long concern with mysticism and interior religion, had been a remedy not for guilt but doubt. Relief from intellectual uncertainty had released a wholly exceptional power of work, enabling him to become one of the greatest organizers of Christian history.
J. Saxby, The Quest for the New Jerusalem, Jean de Labadie and the Labadists (Dordrecht, 1987). 22 This is the passage in which Paul stresses the limitations of speaking in tongues, and commends the superior usefulness of prophecy. 21 The Making of the Evangelical Mind 25 The employment of small groups of lay people was something new in the Lutheran churches as it was not among the Reformed, and Spener’s diplomacy was sufficient to ensure that it did not immediately bring the wrath of the Orthodox upon his head.