Anglican Evangelicals: Protestant Secessions from the Via Media, C. 1800-1850

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Religion - 470 pages
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This study examines, within a chronological framework, the major themes and personalities which influenced the outbreak of a number of Evangelical clerical and lay secessions from the Church of England and Ireland during the first half of the nineteenth century. Though the number ofsecessions was relatively small between a hundred and two hundred of the 'Gospel clergy' abandoned the Church during this period their influence was considerable, especially in highlighting in embarrassing fashion the tensions between the evangelical conversionist imperative and the principles ofa national religious establishment. Moreover, through much of this period there remained, just beneath the surface, the potential threat of a large Evangelical disruption similar to that which occurred in Scotland in 1843. Consequently, these secessions provoked great consternation within the Churchand within Evangelicalism itself, they contributed to the outbreak of millennial speculation following the 'constitutional revolution' of 1828-32, they led to the formation of several new denominations, and they sparked off a major Church-State crisis over the legal right of a clergyman to secedeand begin a new ministry within Protestant Dissent.

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Grayson Carter is an Associate Professor of Church History at Fuller Theological Seminary SW, Phoenix, Arizona.

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