By Dale A. Johnson
This e-book addresses a number of dimensions of the transformation of English Nonconformity over the process an incredible century in its historical past. It starts off with the query of schooling for ministry, contemplating the actions undertaken by way of 4 significant evangelical traditions (Congregationalist, Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian) to set up theological schools for this goal, after which takes up the complicated three-way courting of ministry/churches/colleges that developed from those actions. As writer Dale Johnson illustrates, this evolution got here to have major implications for the Nonconformist engagement with its message and with the tradition at huge. those implications are investigated in chapters at the altering conception or realizing of ministry itself, spiritual authority, theological questions (such because the doctrines of God and the atonement), and non secular identity.
In Johnson's exploration of those concerns, conversations approximately those subject matters can be found basically in addresses at denominational conferences, meetings that took up particular questions, and consultant non secular and theological courses of the day that participated in key debates or endorsed contentious positions. whereas getting to a few very important denominational ameliorations, The altering form of English Nonconformity, 1825-1925 makes a speciality of the consultant dialogue of those themes around the entire spectrum of evangelical Nonconformity instead of on particular denominational traditions.
Johnson continues that too many interpretations of nineteenth-century Nonconformity, particularly those who care for elements of the theological dialogue inside of those traditions, have tended to depict such advancements as events of decline from past stages of evangelical power and charm. This publication as a substitute argues that it truly is extra applicable to evaluate those Nonconformist advancements as a collective, invaluable, and deeply severe attempt to come back to phrases with modernity and, additional, to continue a dependable figuring out of what it intended to be evangelical. It additionally indicates those advancements to be a part of a bigger schema wherein Nonconformity assumed a extra widespread position within the English tradition of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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