0521746051.01.LZZ_Mark Hutchinson and John Wolffe’s A Short History of Global Evangelicalism, Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

chapter-by-chapter summary   •  brief summary •   ‘Evangelicalism:’ usage and definitions  •  Notes on the history told by Hutchinson and Wolffe


This book was written in part to counter to how Western historians have thought of evangelicalism.



Evangelicalism is seen as:Hutchinson and Wolffe's rebuttal
“[A] minority interest in the midst of great state churches” (275)

un-nuanced “philistines” and “moralizers” in Manning Clark’s A History of Australia (1997)

“Such a view, organized around national frameworks, misses the dynamism of the movement, its emergence as a people ‘in-between’: in between classes, in between countries, in between continents, languages and cultures.” (275)

“[P]rimarily a theological construct or an economic influence or a form of political or social capital.” (275)

e.g. EP Thompson in his 1963 classic, Making of the English Working Class saw evangelicals as capitalist agents.
Yes, but this view (1) fails to think through what evangelicalism is to its followers on the ground and (2) is a Western-oriented view. It doesn’t take into account evangelicalism in the Global South, where most evangelicals currently live and function.


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