The Evangelical Conversion Narrative: Spiritual Autobiography in Early Modern England

Paperback | December 12, 2007

byD. Bruce Hindmarsh

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In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, thousands of ordinary women and men experienced evangelical conversion and turned to a certain form of spiritual autobiography to make sense of their lives. This book traces the rise and progress of conversion narrative as a unique form of spiritualautobiography in early modern England. After outlining the emergence of the genre in the seventeenth century and the revival of the form in the journals of the leaders of the Evangelical Revival, the central chapters of the book examine extensive archival sources to show the subtly different formsof narrative identity that appeared among Wesleyan Methodists, Moravians, Anglicans, Baptists, and others. Attentive to the unique voices of pastors and laypeople, women and men, Western and non-Western peoples, the book establishes the cultural conditions under which the genre proliferated.

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In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, thousands of ordinary women and men experienced evangelical conversion and turned to a certain form of spiritual autobiography to make sense of their lives. This book traces the rise and progress of conversion narrative as a unique form of spiritualautobiography in early modern England. Aft...

D. Bruce Hindmarsh is James M. Houston Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:December 12, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Early Modern Origins: The Rise of Popular Conversion Narrative2. The Revival of Conversion Narrative: Evangelical Awakening in the Eighteenth Century3. The Early Methodist Journalists: George Whitefield and John Wesley4. White-Hot Piety: The Early Methodist Lay People5. `Poor Sinnership': Moravian Narrative Culture6. `The Word Came in with Power': Conversions at Cambuslang7. `A Nail Fixed in a Sure Place': The Lives of the Early Methodist Preachers8. The Olney Autobiographers: Conversion Narrative and Personality9. The Seventeenth Century Reprised: Conversion Narrative and the Gathered Church10. After Christendom: Evangelical Conversion Narrative and its Alternatives

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`This book is hugely readable throughout . . . I certainly recommend this new work on the Evangelical Revival. Its immediate concern with spiritual autobiography makes the book interesting but not obscure.'Dan Peters, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology