High Calvinists in Action: Calvinism and the City - Manchester and London, c. 1810-1860

Hardcover | February 15, 2003

byIan J. Shaw

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This valuable contribution to the debate about the relation of religion to the modern city fills an important gap in the historiography of early nineteenth-century religious life. Although there is some evidence that strict doctrine led to a more restricted response to urban problems,extensive local and personal variations mean that simple generalizations should be avoided. Ian J.Shaw argues against earlier prejudiced views and shows that high Calvinists played a vigorous and successful part in the response of early nineteenth-century churches to the process of urbanization. Thestudy includes six substantial case studies of ministers and their churches in Manchester and London. Four high Calvinist ministers are considered, with two studies of ministers holding to an evangelical Calvinist doctrine also included to provide instructive contrasts. Detailed social analysis ofthe congregations is based upon extensive use of manuscript and printed sources, sermons, and local and denominational press.

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This valuable contribution to the debate about the relation of religion to the modern city fills an important gap in the historiography of early nineteenth-century religious life. Although there is some evidence that strict doctrine led to a more restricted response to urban problems,extensive local and personal variations mean that si...

Ian J. Shaw is Lecturer in Church History at International Christian College, Glasgow

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:426 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.13 inPublished:February 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199250774

ISBN - 13:9780199250776

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Table of Contents

Introduction: People, Places, and Theology1. The Development of High and Evangelical Calvinism to c. 18602. The Responses of British Evangelicals to the Religious and Secular Problems of the Inner City c. 1800-18603. The Manchester Context4. William Nunn (1786 - 1840)5. William Gadsby (1773 - 1844)6. William McKerrow (1803 - 1878)7. Joseph Irons (1785 - 1852)8. James Wells (1803 - 1872)9. Andrew Reed (1787 - 1862)10. Conclusion