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The Rise of the Laity in Evangelical Protestantism - Deryck Lovegrove

The Rise of the Laity in Evangelical Protestantism

By: Deryck Lovegrove (Editor)

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Published: 28th June 2002
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The rise to prominence of an active laity is one of the most remarkable yet least-discussed aspects of the modern Church. Despite post-Reformation Protestantism's insistence on each person's direct interior access to God, such has been the preoccupation with clerical leadership that only one or two episodes of lay participation are widely known. The Rise of the Laity in Evangelical Protestantism is the first comprehensive investigation into the involvement of ordinary Christian men and women in Church activities and in anti-clerical dissent. Exploring a phenomenon stretching from Britain and Germany to the Americas and beyond, it considers how evangelicalism, as an anti-establishmentarian and profoundly individualistic movement, has allowed the traditionally powerless to become enterprising, vocal and influential in the religious arena and in other areas of politics and culture. With themes ranging from the early furore over lay preaching to seventeenth-century American women's roles in religious leadership, from the difficult path of the overseas missionary to the probable future of evangelical Christianity, The Rise of the Laity in Evangelical Protestantism forms an unrivalled examination of the modern Church as an inspirational and liberating force in the lives of its many believers.

'It is a book which all Methodists still interested in what they are doing ... ought to read and ponder carefully ... there is a splendid essay by Andrew Walls ... Buy the book and soak it up ...' - W.R. Ward, Epworth Review

' ... here is a significant and important contribution to the study of evangelicalism, ably demonstrating that evangelical religion and lay Christianity have proved a powerful impetus to each other.' - International Christian College

Contributors
Editorial
Note
Introduction
The priesthood of all believers: from principle to practice
Reformers, puritans and evangelicals: the lay connection
Lay conversion and Calvinist doctrine during the English Commonwealth
The Pietist laity in Germany, 1675-1750: knowledge, gender, leadership
Lay religious activity during the Enlightenment
Reshaping individualism: the private Christian, eighteenth-century religion and the Enlightenment
A spiritual aristocracy: female patrons of religion in eighteenth-century Britain
Taming the Spirit: female leadership roles in the American Awakenings, 1730-1830
Tensions surrounding an active laity
Lay leadership, establishment crisis and the disdain of the clergy
National churches, gathered churches, and varieties of lay evangelism, 1735-1859
Methodist New Connexionism: lay emancipation as a denominational raison d'àtre
Missions and the widening scope of priesthood
The missionary movement: a lay fiefdom?
Industry, professionalism and mission: the placing of an emancipated laywoman, Dr Ruth Massey 1873-1963
The church of the laity
'The church itself is God's clergy': the principles and practices of the Brethren
Changing Baptist concepts of royal priesthood:
The Charismatic Movement: the laicizing of Christianity?
Index
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ISBN: 9780415271929
ISBN-10: 0415271924
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 28th June 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.79 x 16.15  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1