I have been searching for a couple books by David Bebbington and this one happened to arrive in the mail first. Bebbington is a Cambridge scholar who teaches in Scotland at the University of Stirling. In this book he traces the rise of early evangelicalism in the UK and America during the rise of Liberalism at the end of the nineteenth century. As the subtitle points out, this was also the time of Spurgeon in the UK and Moody in the US. These two men only become examples (in this book) of evangelical preaching at a time when the established churches were becoming liberal and losing their effectiveness especially in evangelism. Bebbington begins with the Enlightenment era of the late eighteenth century and its continuing effects on liberal thought but most interesting in this chronology is the other precursor to liberalism, what he calls “The permeation of Romanticism.” It is interesting because I think it most closely parallels what we see happening today especially in postmodernism and its offshoot, the emergent church movement. Pertinent examples are the way Romanticism brought liturgical Anglo-Catholic preferences back into more evangelical services (such as the elevation of the host in the Eucharist). The result was dead spiritualism such as Transcendentalism and Unitarianism and parallel doctrines such as the Fatherhood of God, Evolution, and rationalism. What is also interesting to me is that the greatest deterrent to the weakening evangelicalism was a growing “back to the Bible” type fundamentalism especially seen in the prophetic Bible conferences which emphasized dispensationalism.
The Local Church of RevelationOctober 1, 2016
All conservative scholars agree that Revelation is the last book to be added to the canon of sixty six inspired books and that the apostle John is the author. John is given his three-fold division of the book as, “the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall […]
Cross, Creation and also ProphecyFebruary 1, 2016
There are three great mountain peaks of importance in Biblical history. First and foremost is Calvary. The cross is the center of all God’s workings with this world. If the believer could say with Paul, “I determined not to know any thing among you save Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2), he would […]
Anointing With OilMarch 28, 2015
Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, […]