The History of Evangelicalism

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 449

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The unit begins by examining the varied responses of the British churches to the Age of Reason in the 18th century with particular attention to the relationship between the Enlightenment and the transatlantic Evangelical revival. The influence of Romantic ideas on Evangelicalism, seen for instance in Edward Irving, the Brethren movement and the Keswick Convention, is analysed. The unit investigates some of the 19th and early 20th-century controversies caused by, for example, the rise of Darwinian science and biblical criticism. Here the focus is on the tensions which emerged within Evangelicalism as broader and narrower expressions of Evangelical theology developed. Subsequently Fundamentalist forms of Christianity are studied, with comparisons made between Britain and America. The role of the Evangelical Alliance as it developed from the 19th to the 20th century is traced and new expressions of spirituality, including Evangelical engagement with Catholic and Orthodox traditions, are analysed. The final part of the unit includes study of Pentecostal and charismatic movements in their cultural context and the cultural configuration now commonly known as post-modernism and its relationship with Evangelical faith.

Aims

To understand contemporary evangelical thought and practice in the light of historical developments

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • develop a critical awareness of the nature of the evangelical movement
Intellectual skills
  • develop a critical understanding of historical and theological trends discernible within evangelicalism
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • sensitively handle the complex historical background to relevant contemporary Christian debates

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • Seminar presentation

30 minutes

n/a
Summative:
  • An essay

6000 words

100%
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The History of Evangelicalism

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Unit 449

Credits:

30

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

300

Tutor:

Dr Peter J. Morden

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