Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 December 1998

272 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195121636

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The Changing Shape of English Nonconformity, 1825-1925

Dale A. Johnson

This book studies the development of a pattern of education for ministry within nineteenth-century English evangelical Nonconformity. Such development played a major role in the emergence of discussions on the nature of ministry while also influencing thought on religious authority, theological reconstruction, and religious identity. Johnson argues that too many interpretations of this facet of Nonconformity's history (especially those concerning the Congregationalist, Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian traditions) have tended to regard this development as a decline from earlier pinnacles of religious vitality and appeal. His book instead considers this phase a serious and necessary effort on the part of Nonconformity to come to terms with modernity while also retaining a responsible understanding of what it meant to be evangelical.