Archive for November, 2008

THE EMERGENCE OF EVANGELICALISM Ed. By Michael A.G. Haykin and Kenneth J. Stewart Our inspiring heritage In 1989 the historian David Bebbington published his landmark study, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: a history from the 1730s to the 1980s. It was a significant achievement and has proved highly influential. My own battered copy, avidly read on […]

“This is the old Puritan Teaching” What does the word Evangelical mean? The Evangelical emphasis on the Bible, the cross and conversion we may also find in the Reformers and the Puritans. Yet there is a different tone. The one who wants to know what Evangelical means cannot ignore the 1989 work of David Bebbington, […]

David Bebbington’s characterization in 1989 of ‘the Evangelical version of Protestantism’ as ‘created by the Enlightenment’ has caught on so well, albeit comfortably simplified, in some influential quarters of UK Evangelicalism as to serve as a stick to belabor as ‘modernist’ their unfavourite varieties of the contemporary evangelical mainstream. Only the post-modernist brand, it seems, […]