So you think you understand Evangelicalism? #dmingml


A larger part of the Emerging Church focus has been the critique of Evangelicalism and Evangelicals.  One of the things of that critique, is that it often deals with stereotypes and simplistic assumptions.

By that I mean it's easier to react to your own personal experience and label Evangelicalism with that crude summary, without really looking at what Evangelicalism was and is.

Not only might that mean that people leaving Evangelicalism making judgments that bear little resemblance to reality, but those within Evangelicalism making claims that are just as ill founded and unhelpful.  Can we get beyond the 'all evangelicals are hate filled, anti-homsexual woman hating bigots', or  'all emerging church people are ant-truth liberals'?

It's always been easier to deal in emotional polemic than try real critique and understanding.  And there is nothing new under the sun.  Explore Evangelical history a little and you find that it has its own contested tradition, regularly evaluating itself and being critical of itself.

For instance dig a little into the past and you'll find that Anglican Evangelicals in 1977, in Nottingham, UK asked if the term Evangelical was something that was so loaded with connotations of exclusion that is should be dropped.  At the same time, across the pond in the USA, people were worried that the term evangelical at that term was too 'inclusive'.*

Due to my own angst within Evangelicalism, the need to explore the place and role of planting a church within that tradition, and my own PhD research, I've tried to review and explore Evangelicalism, to better understand it.  The books below are some of the key texts I have read, that are a mix of history, theology, ethnographic studies of church communities and movements.

One thing that process has left me with, is deeper appreciation for how rich, complex and resourceful my 'family' tradition is.  It's also helped me see a little better some of the reasons for many of the problems evangelicalism has caused.  Like anything in life, it is a 'mixed bag'.  But I'm left more confident of what and why I am still Evangelical, whether I use that term or not.
Noll, Mark A.. God and Mammon: Protestants, Money, and the Market, 1790-1860. Oxford: Oxford University Press, USA, 2001.

Larsen, Timothy, D. W Bebbington, and Mark A. Noll. Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. Leicester, England: InterVarsity Press, 2003.

E.Connolly, William. Capitalism and Christianity, American Style. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.

Noll, Mark A.. Rise Of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitfield and the Wesleys. A history of evangelicalism. Nottingham: Inter-Varsity Press, 2004.

Noll, Mark A.. The Work We Have to Do: A History of Protestants in America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, USA, 2002.

Noll, Mark A.. The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith. Downers Grove, Ill.: Intervarsity Press, 2009.

Noll, Mark A.. America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln. n.p.: Oxford University Press, USA, 2005.

Noll, Mark A.. The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. n.p.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995.

Bebbington, D.W.. The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody. A history of evangelicalism. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 2005.

Haykin, Michael A. G., and Kenneth J. Stewart. The Advent of Evangelicalism: Exploring Historical Continuities. n.p.: B&H Academic, 2008.

Bebbington, Davi. Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s. New ed. n.p.: Routledge, 1989.

Kay, William K.. Apostolic Networks in Britain (Studies in Evangelical History and Thought) (Studies in Evangelical History and Thought) (Studies in Evangelical History and Thought). n.p.: Paternoster, 2007.

Warner, R. Stephen. New Wine in Old Wineskins: Evangelicals and Liberals in a Small-Town Church. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.

*Warner, Rob. Reinventing English Evangelicalism, 1966-2001. A Theological and Sociological Study. [Studies in Evangelical History and Thought]. n.p.: Paternoster, 2007.

Guest, Mathew, and David Martin. Evangelical Identity and Contemporary Culture: A Congregational Study in Innovation (Studies in Evangelical History and Thought). Studies in evangelical history and thought. Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2008.

Hilton, Boyd. A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People?: England 1783-1846 (New Oxford History of England). n.p.: Oxford University Press, USA, 2008.

Hilton, Boyd. The Age of Atonement: The Influence of Evangelicalism on Social and Economic Thought, 1785-1865 (Clarendon Paperbacks). n.p.: Oxford University Press, USA, 1992.

Davidoff, Leonore, and Catherine Hall. Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class 17801850. 2 ed. London: Routledge, 2003.

Wolffe, John. The Expansion of Evangelicalism: The Age of Wilberforce, More, Chalmers and Finney (History of Evangelicalism). A history of evangelicalism. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2007.

Erdozain, Dominic. The Problem of Pleasure: Sport, Recreation and the Crisis of Victorian Religion (Studies in Modern British Religious History). Studies in modern British history. Vol. v. 22. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2010.

Martin, David. Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish (Religion and Spirituality in the Modern World). Religion and modernity. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.

Kidd, Professor Thomas S.. The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America. n.p.: Yale University Press, 2009.

Tidball, Derek J.. Who Are the Evangelicals?: Tracing the Roots of the Modern Movements. London: Zondervan, 1994.

Futures of Evangelicalism, The: Issues and Prospects. n.p.: Kregel Academic & Professional, 2004.

Grenz, Stanley J.. Renewing the Center: Evangelical Theology in a Post-Theological Era. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2000.

Husbands, Mark, and Daniel J. Treier. The Community Of The Word: Toward An Evangelical Ecclesiology. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2005.

Jenkins, Philip. The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, USA, 2002.

McGrath, Alister. Evangelicalism and the Future of Christianity. 2nd ed. London: Hodder & Stoughton Religious, 1996.

Randall, Ian. Educating Evangelicalism. Carlisle: Paternoster Publishing, 2002.

Raschke, Carl A.. The Next Reformation: Why Evangelicals Must Embrace Postmodernity. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2004.

Sider, Ronald J.. Scandal Of The Evangelical Conscience: Why Are Christians Living Just Like The Rest Of The World?. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 2005.

Stackhouse, John G. Evangelical Futures: A Conversation on Theological Method. Grand Rapids, Mich.: InterVarsity Press, 1992.

Tomlinson, Dave. The Post Evangelical. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2000.

Webber, Robert E.. The Younger Evangelicals: Facing the Challenges of the New World. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 2002.

Wright, Nigel. The Radical Evangelical: Seeking a Place to Stand. London: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge), 1996.

Dorrien, Gary J.. The Remaking of Evangelical Theology. 1st ed. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998.

Ward, Pete. Selling Worship. Carlisle: Paternoster, 2005.

Ward, Pete. Liquid Church (Stories for Teachers and Preachers Series!). Carlisle, Cumbria: Hendrickson Publishers, 2002.

Rah, Soong-Chan. The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity. Downers Grove, Ill.: Intervarsity Press, 2009.