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Searching for the True Church : Brethren and Evangelicals in Mid-Twentieth-Century England - Roger N Shuff

Searching for the True Church

Brethren and Evangelicals in Mid-Twentieth-Century England

By: Roger N Shuff, Harold H Rowdon (Foreword by)

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Roger Shuff holds that the influence of the Brethren movement on wider evangelical life in England in the twentieth century is often underrated. This book records and accounts for the fact that Brethren reached the peak of their strength at the time when evangelicalism was at its lowest ebb, immediately before World War II. However, the movement then moved into persistent decline as evangelicalism regained ground in the postwar period. Accompanying this downward trend has been a sharp accentuation of the contrast between Brethren congregations who engage constructively with the non-Brethren scene and, at the other end of the spectrum, the isolationist group commonly referred to as Exclusive Brethren.Besides being the first scholarly study of Brethrenism in England for nearly forty years, the book will find a wider audience among present and former adherents of the Brethren movement in its various guises. It also offers useful insights for Christian leaders and other professionals who find themselves with pastoral care for people upon whom their encounter with the Brethren has had a profound psychological impact.

Forewordp. xiii
Preface and Acknowledgementsp. xv
Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Local but not Parochial: Independent Brethren Confidence Attracts Widening Attentionp. 9
A Rising Profilep. 11
Communion at the Centrep. 19
Degrees of Separatismp. 25
The Local Assemblyp. 30
Conclusionp. 37
Networks of the True Church: Connexional Brethren as the Spiritual Haven for Discerning Soulsp. 39
The Reality of Churchp. 41
The Practice of the Supperp. 48
The Boundaries of Communionp. 54
The Ethos of Ministryp. 60
Conclusionp. 67
Students of the Word: Independent Brethren and the Resurgence of Evangelical Biblical Study and Scholarshipp. 69
The Hegemony of the Self-taughtp. 71
Equipping Educated Evangelicalsp. 75
A Credible Faithp. 81
Training Opinion-makersp. 87
Lowering the Fencep. 94
Conclusionp. 100
Authority in Doctrine: The Locus of Truth for Connexional Brethrenp. 102
Essentially Differentp. 104
Defined by Controversyp. 108
Representing the Apostlesp. 113
Authority Enforcedp. 121
Conclusionp. 130
Mission Minded: Independent Brethren and the Post-War Evangelistic Enterprisep. 132
Bridging the Gulfp. 134
Organization for the Gospelp. 140
The Transatlantic Dimensionp. 148
The Implications of Effective Evangelismp. 154
Conclusionp. 160
A Disconcerting World: Connexional Brethren Respond to the Post-War Generationp. 163
Faith in Traditionp. 165
Pushing at the Boundariesp. 171
Pulling up the Drawbridgep. 176
An Inextinguishable Flame?p. 184
Conclusionp. 190
Revival Fire: Independent Brethren and a New Emphasis on the Holy Spiritp. 192
The Spirit of Pentecostp. 195
Power for Revivalp. 199
New Restorationistsp. 204
The Antidote to Ecclesiological Compromisep. 209
Seeking Revival not Renewalp. 213
Conclusionp. 221
The Spirit of Revival: Connexional Brethren in the Religious and Cultural Climate of the Sixtiesp. 223
Reconciliation for Revivalp. 224
The 'greatest revival that ever was'p. 232
The Spirit of Contemporary Culturep. 236
Power to the Youngp. 240
Getting Freep. 245
Conclusionp. 254
Conclusionp. 256
Brethren Congregations in England and Wales, 1873-1975p. 264
The Aberdeen Issue: 1970p. 266
Bibliographyp. 269
General Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9781597527941
ISBN-10: 1597527947
Series: Studies in Evangelical History and Thought
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st January 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45

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