The evangelical age of ingenuity in industrial Britain by Joseph Stubenrauch

By Joseph Stubenrauch

The Evangelical Age of Ingenuity in commercial Britain argues that British evangelicals within the past due eighteenth and early 19th centuries invented new equipment of spreading the gospel, in addition to new varieties of own spiritual perform, by way of exploiting the era's development of urbanization, industrialization, shopper items, technological discoveries, and more and more cellular populations. whereas evangelical religion has usually via portrayed status in inherent pressure with the transitions of modernity, Joseph Stubenrauch demonstrates that advancements in know-how, trade, and infrastructure have been fruitfully associated with theological shifts and altering modes of non secular existence.

This quantity analyzes a colourful array of spiritual client and fabric tradition produced in the course of the first 1/2 the 19th century. Mass print and inexpensive industrially produced goods--from tracts and ballad sheets to teapots and needlework mottoes--were harnessed to the evangelical undertaking. by means of studying ephemera and along the innovations of evangelical publishers and benevolent societies, Stubenrauch considers usually neglected assets with a purpose to take the heartbeat of "vital" faith in the course of an age of upheaval. He explores why and the way evangelicals became to the unconventional adjustments in their period to strengthen their religion and why "serious Christianity" flowered in an business age that has often been deemed inhospitable to it.

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29 Likewise, God’s saving grace was not restricted to these means. One might be struck down by sudden revelation, like Paul on the road to Damascus. ”30 Nonetheless, these ordinary means were commonly understood, both in the established Church and Dissent, as the normal avenues through which God’s grace most frequently flowed. ”32 By praying, by hearing, reading, or meditating on God’s word, and by coming to the communion table, the sinner in effect stood in the channel, waiting and hoping to encounter God.

The role of Whitefield’s moderate Calvinism, which hewed to orthodoxy while setting aside parish and denominational boundaries in order to spread the gospel to all, should not be underestimated. 17 Preeminently, however, the shift among ministers’ views must be traced to the influence of the American Congregational minister and early leader of the Great Awakening, Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758). 18 Edwards distinguished between natural ability and moral inability, threading the evangelical, Calvinist needle with a claim that preserved God’s grace and election while also insisting on sinners’ ability to respond to the gospel and their culpability for failing to do so.

See also John Walsh, “Methodism at the End of the OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 20/6/2016, SPi 26 The Evangelical Age of Ingenuity in Industrial Britain The Evangelical Revival’s commitment to widespread preaching exacerbated several existing tensions within English Christianity. Most prominently within the movement itself, the revival widened the rift between the theological camps of Calvinism and Arminianism. Wesley and his followers were Arminians, meaning that they believed that humans had free will and could choose to accept God’s grace or not.

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