Last half of the 20th century to me this is the most relevant and interesting book in the series In less than 300 well written pages the author presents an overview of the currents that have roiled the evangelical community over the past 60 or so years Names and movements are discussed that I have encountered throughout my life in the church The author brings coherence perspective and analysis to the jumbled mess that often characterizes the broad rubric of evangelicalism The style is controlled Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism fast moving and easily accessible Having have read all the other books in this series at least twice and dipped into them on loads of other occasions I am a bit late on getting round to Brian Stanley s installment There are two reasonsor this apparent neglect First I was supposed to be getting a review copy but the editor Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas forgot to send it to me Second it came out at a time when I had a whole load of other books which I literally had to read before it as they were relevant to my PhD topic whereas this book is way outside my time period it covers c 1945 2000 Nonetheless Iinally got round to starting this volume yesterday afternoon I have scarcely been able to put it down Had it not been After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry for theact that the Wiles lectures have been on I would probably have Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread finished it last night rather than this afternoon All the books in this series represent an outstanding synthesis of the period under review being written by one of the leading living historians of English speaking Evangelicalism Mark Noll John Wolffe and David Bebbington This volume is no exception as Professor Stanley displays a judicious mastery of a vast array of material covering an enormous amount of ground This book should be reuired readingor students taking courses on the history of evangelicalism and should be eagerly devoured by all historians of religion The clergy and well read lay people should make time to read this book even if history is not their thing While a number of difficult topics including debates over biblical inerrancy emale ordination and homosexuality are judiciously discussed the reviewer thought that the chapter on Pentecostalism was probably the highlight of the book If I was to be byper critical my only complaint would be that perhaps too much space was devoted to the Lausanne Covenant of 1974 while very little was said about Northern Ireland even if C S Lewis gets mentioned a bit Although I would agree that Billy Graham and John Stott are probably the leading igures in this particular age of evangelicalism it was peculiar that Ian Paisley is not mentioned once in the book Aside rom this minor point I cannot recommend this excellent survey highly enough It is a close call as to whether or not Professor Stanley s book or John Wolffe s The Expansion of Evangelicalism is my avourite contribution to this outstanding series The only slight downside is that the inal volume in the series is out of sync chronologically as it will cover the period rom c 1900 45 The subject matter was handled well but could easily have She Weeps Each Time You're Born filled a volume twice its length I thought that this was the best volume of theive in the series A History of Evangelicalism I had been waiting a long time to read the entire completed series but must confess that as a whole it was disappointing We all have a personal experience of and perspective on the various people and movements who have influenced our Christian life A book like this ills in the gaps and blind spots in that perspective very nicely. To lesser known igures such as Edward Carnell Agnes Sanford Orlando Costas John Gatu and John Laird The inal chapter considers whether evangelical expansion has been at the price of theological coherence and stability and discusses the phenomenon of postevangelicalism Painting a comprehensive picture of evangelicalism's development as well as narrating stories of influential individuals events and organizations The Global Diffusion of Evangelicalism is a stimulating and informative contribution to a valuable serie.
He print organ of the orming evangelical consensusThe next chapter on missions evangelism and revival A Northern Light focuses on the development of Billy Graham s global ministry the World Evangelical Fellowship the Evangelical Fellowship of India and the East Africa Revival andinally the work of Scripture Union in Africa Scholarship the Bible and Preaching If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas focuses on the beginnings of an evangelical effort to engage the biblical scholarship of the day and produce scholarly work consonant with an evangelical view of scripture including the New Bible Commentary Stanley explores the British controversy over inspiration and the later American one centered around Fuller Seminary over the issue of inerrancy The chapter concludes with profiling the development of expository preaching as an expression of evangelical biblical conviction in the ministries of Martyn Lloyd Jones John R W Stott and James BoiceChapter 5 profiles the major evangelical apologists of the period beginning with Cornelius Van Til Carl FH Henry Edward J Carnell Francis Schaeffer and Leslie Newbigin He also cites the philosophical work of Alvin Plantinga and the appropriation by evangelicals of High Church Anglican CS Lewis whose approach to the Bible was anything but evangelical Chapter 6 explores the history of world missions consultations and the increasing social justice emphasis beginningrom a bare mention at Berlin 1966 to a greater majority world presence and emphasis at Lausanne 1974 and the increasing integration of evangelism and social justice efforts sinceChapter 7 covers the global spread of pentecostalism and that rapid growth of pentecostal movements in the majority world This often gets short shrift in Western contexts but is critical to understanding global evangelicalism Then the book concludes with raising the disturbing uestion of whether evangelicalism is simply diffusing or in act disintegrating as a cohesive movement with a coherent theological stance The book ends with the provocative idea that this may not be something decided in the West but in the Majority worldI ound this book a Anne Perrys Christmas Crimes (Christmas Stories, fascinating overview of this decisive period how decisive the next 50 years may tell It makes one give thanks againor the vision and character of so many profiled in this book notably John Stott and Billy Graham but also many other scholars pastors evangelists and missionaries of this period At the same time I think the book shows evidence of but ails to diagnose the critical issue of the lack of consensus with regard to what is meant by the inspiration authority and inerrancy or infallibility or trustworthiness of the Bible that was oft ought over and also the source of an interpretive pluralism that could lead to disintegration of this movement Does White Water final authority lie with the individual interpreter within interpretive communities in the tradition of biblical interpretation Perhaps that would move beyond the descriptive character of this work and yet this issue is important in what seems a growing movement ofrustrated evangelicals to Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy That being said Stanley has given us a masterful overview of the development of evangelicalism up to the turn of the century Very informative Easy read More information on political whims and organizations than needed Would have like depth in theology differences between organizations Final in a series of volumes published by the IVP on the history of evangelicalism in the English speaking world Because it s scope is the. Ng particular attention to the charismatic and neo Pentecostal movements The trends in evangelical biblical scholarship preaching and apologetics were no less significant including the discipline of hermeneutics in key issues Extended treatment is given to the part played by southern hemisphere Christianity in broadening evangelical understandings of mission While the role of The Slave Dancer familiar leaders such as Billy Graham John Stott Carl Henry Martyn Lloyd Jones and Festo Kivengere receivesull coverage space is also given.
Brian Stanley was the wrong person to write this book He is clearly intrigued by the growth of and trends within Christianity outside of the English speaking world which was not his assignment and is Special Agent fascinated byormer evangelicals like Brian McLaren As such he holds a condescending attitude toward the religious right Fatally however he brushes over Sleep with the Fishes figures like Bill Bright with shallowness that would not even ualifyor a decent Wikipedia entry A major disappointment Excellent The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History final volume to aantastic series of books Those who want to understand Evangelicalism in its own terms and rom a historically informed perspective must read this setI was impressed that the author brought this inal volume all the way up to the author s present a risky venture in such a book and dependent on some degree of either guess work or prophetic vision It would have been tempting to end this book in the 80s or early 90s to allow some time and distance to give the author the benefit of greater objectivity But I appreciate his boldness in bringing the series A World on Fire fully up to date as of publication in 2013 it s too badrom the perspective of 2019 that he had not seen and commented on the crisis of American Evangelicalism in the age of Trump though Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life fortunately he rightly identifies Evangelicalism not as a modern political movement but as the deeply religious and historically grounded movement that it is a trap ofar to many Evangelical commentatorsProbably most insightful to me was the chapter on Lausanne 1974 most of the chapters dealt with relatively amiliar materials and names or me but my Fundamentalist background has left this chapter of history rather distant Fascinating readThe chapter on apologetic was thankfully very simply arranged dealing in turns with various noteworthy apologists giving their background and contribution to Evangelical apologetics Included are Van Til Carnell Henry Schaeffer Plantinga Newbigin and Lewis with appropriate notes explaining the inclusion of the couple non EvangelicalsPerhaps most interesting to me throughout the volume were the scattered occurrences of names 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate familiar to merom their published works commentaries theologies etc but now set into a historical context especially those who made names The Oxford New Greek Dictionary for themselves by pushing the borders of conservative evangelical convictions For instance C K Barrett isamiliar to me through his commentary on 1 Corinthians but here I The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece find that he was orthodox and Pauline in his theology but not markedly conservative in his view of Scripture p 45 This of course has to do with the perspectiverom which I read this book and less to do with the intrinsic character of the book itself Take it The New Job Security for what it s worthSo very highly recommended book and set The title of this book proposes an ambitious project and I am impressed with how well Brian Stanley pulls this off in under 250 pages of text Whileocusing on the evangelical landscape in the US and UKhence Graham and Stott he gives us a helpful overview of the global spread of the evangelical movement The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) from 1945 to the year 2000 He opens with exploring the dynamics of this period communications the spread of evangelicalism in the English speaking world and the growing evangelical influence of the majority world He then goes back to the beginning of this period and explores the differentiation of evangelicalrom The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis fundamentalist in its US British Canadian and Australianorms marked most notably in the US with the establishment of Christianity Today as Evangelical Christianity underwent extraordinary expansion geographically culturally and theologically in the second half of the twentieth century How and why did it spread and change so much How did its strategic responses to a rapidly changing world affect its diffusion The Jumbee for better oror worse This volume in the History of Evangelicalism series offers an authoritative survey of worldwide evangelicalism ollowing the Second World War It discusses the globalization of movements of mission evangelism and revival payi.