Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000

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Banner of Truth Trust, 2000 - Religion - 342 pages
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"Why has Christian unity proved to be such a divisive topic? In the 1950s two movements- evangelicalism and ecumenism - offered differing paths to unity in the church. But as the decades have passed the influence of ecumenism has exposed a fault line in evangelicalism. Questions of critical importance have been brought to the surface: Is the gospel broader than evangelicals have historically insisted? Can there be unity with non-evangelicals in evangelism and church leadership? Does the gospel have priority over denominational loyalty? These gained high profile in the crusades led by Dr. Billy Graham on both sides of the Atlantic, and in the subsequent interaction among evangelicals in North America and Europe. At first a new policy of 'co-operation without compromise' promised an 'evangelical renaissance'. Those who feared an inevitable devalutation of the gospel were viewed as destined for the kind of isolation to which fundamentalism had been consigned earlier in the century. Evangelicalism Divided traces the fascinating saga of the personalities, institutions and publications involved in this fifty-year period. Iain Murray's account is not simply a black and white narrative. But using the mass of sources now available he shows how the new policy ivolved concessions which seriously weakened biblical Christianity. The first and greatest need, he argues, is to answer the most fundamental and divisive question of all: What is a Christian?" -- Amazon.com.

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Review: Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000

User Review  - Giancarlo Montemayor - Goodreads

A fascinating read about the history of evangelicalism and ecumenism. Read full review

Review: Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000

User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

Sometimes tough for my mind to get a grasp but Murray shows how the church has fallen to its current state. As Alistair Begg would say, it has capitulated. Read full review

About the author (2000)

Murray, born in Lancashire, England, was educated in the Isle of Man and at the University of Durham and entered the Christian ministry in 1955. He served as assistant to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminister Chapel (1956-59) and subsequently at Grove Chapel, London (1961-69) and St. Giles Presbyterian Church, Sydney (1984-84), Although remaining a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, he is founding trustee for Banner of Truth Trust.

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