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The Rise Of Evangelicalism: The Age Of Edwards, Whitefield And The Wesleys (A History of Evangelicalism #1)

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This volume provides a coherent; multi-national narrative of the origins, development and rapid diffusion of evangelical movements in their first two generations, from the 1730s to the 1790s. The primary focus is on Britain and North America, historical links to Europe and then connections to Africa, Australia and beyond are also important. Much of the discussion is devote ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by InterVarsity Press
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Mark Oppenlander
As someone who was raised in an evangelical church, I have always wondered about the roots of the movement. And in recent years, as the media outlets have tossed the term around, sometimes as a compliment and other times as an epithet, it seems all the more important to understand what evangelicalism really is and where it came from.

Mark Noll is considered one of the modern experts on evangelicalism. This book is the first in a series he edited on the history of evangelicalism and it covers the
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Bob Wolniak
Aug 10, 2016 Bob Wolniak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The first part of a series on the history of evangelicalism. Being familiar with two of the other volumes, this is perhaps the most interesting because it deals with its origins, discussing the streams of Protestant dissenters, Moravian piety, and high church Anglicanism that produced such remarkable figures as George Whitefield, Jonathon Edwards, and Charles and John Wesley. Noll also tells the story of many others including the remarkable growth of evangelicalism among African-Americans and su ...more
Angela Platt
This series is a brilliant overview of the development of evangelicalism in the English-speaking world. Each book written by an academic who is renowned in his field, these books are useful for both amateur and professional historians with an interest in evangelicalism.
Michael
Sep 24, 2016 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fascinating content but not an engaging read. It's good to know where you come from.
Tim
Jan 12, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noll's The Rise of Evangelicalism provides a good overview of the background and reasons for the evangelical movement. He focuses on the English speaking world (including Canada, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, along with the colonies and England) and is heavy on the subtitle characters (could have been even more so for my liking), but includes comments on Pietism and the Moravians for their influence. The explanatory chapters were excellent, providing larger causes and effects and delving into th ...more
Joel Wentz
This is a strong overview of a specific "slice" of evangelical history - though it is a bit ponderous at times. As a life-long evangelical myself, this volume provided me with a much stronger understanding of the "roots" of our movement. Noll makes a persuasive case that the marks of evangelical culture - focus on conversion, holiness in this life, authority of the Bible - were present from the beginning in men like Whitefield and the Wesleys. Additionally, I walked away from this with a much de ...more
Dawn
Feb 10, 2011 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very thorough and detailed treatment of the rise of evangelicalism in Britain and North America in the eighteenth century. My only disappointment was in Noll's discussion of why the revivals took place at this time in history - he did not really consider this from a theological perspective (i.e. how the theology of Reformed and Arminian Protestantism might have itself played a role). Noll describes himself as an evangelical, and so he sometimes seems to approach the material from the perspecti ...more
Adam Shields
Aug 12, 2013 Adam Shields rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short review: good, wide ranging introduction to early evangelicalism. Several things are striking. One, how young Whitfield, Wesleys and Edwards were when they all started (around 25-26 for all except John Wesley and he was just over 30). Second, most of the issues then, are still issues now. The role of scripture and authority, tradition vs innovation, leading of the Holy Spirit vs cultural understanding of scripture, pragmatism, etc.

Just another book that really emphasizes the need for Evange
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Jared
Jan 23, 2009 Jared rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very detailed history of the rise of evangelicalism in the United States. It is part of a five-part series on the emergence and evolution of evangelical Protestant Christianity in the United States by InterVarsity Press. Mark A. Noll is a full professor of history at Weaton College in Illinois and really knows the subject. So, if you need a good, comprehensive reference collection for American evangelicalism...this is a good collection. (I should point out that Noll only authors the fi ...more
Nate Walker
Apr 05, 2016 Nate Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great introduction to the early evangelicals. There are some distinct marks to the movement - conversion, activism, piety, biblicism, etc. - and compelling to see the socially transformative power of these traits. Though the early evangelicals were probably intellectually more robust (though there are many bright evangelicals in our day), much of the movement is still intact and still doing similar work and having similar influence.
David Rollins
Dec 14, 2014 David Rollins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book for the historian and/or "well read history reader", because Noll covers a lot of ground in this book and I would think the average reader would find it difficult to wade their way through it. It is highly recommended for those who have a good background of theological and historical reading.
Tim
Aug 14, 2009 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read from a consistently first-rate historian. Fascinating recounting of the Great Awakening, especially in the details surrounding the lives of its four leading figures (Edwards, Whitefield, and John and Charles Wesley), the movements they founded, and the ways their ministries shaped Christianity up to the present day.
Michael Chhangur
Fascinating content but not an engaging read. It's good to know where you come from.
Chris
Mar 08, 2007 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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good historical review of american Christianity and the assumptions about our faith we still hold as a result of the Great Awakenings.
Matt Crawford
Mar 02, 2016 Matt Crawford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always knew they existed at different places at the same time but Noll shoes just how intertwined they were with each other and with our modern evangelicalism
David
Jul 04, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This History seeks to trace the origin and impact of the early Evangelical movement. it is an valuable contribution to an important period in the life of the Church.
Andy Anderson
Apr 04, 2012 Andy Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Whitefield, Wesleys, Edwards. Amazing how the 1740-1790 era was so big evangelicalism in America and the UK.
Eric
Feb 28, 2013 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I remember correctly this is a basic history of what happened during the great awakening and how it effected evangelicalism.
Joe Rigney
Mar 06, 2009 Joe Rigney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good overall background on Whitefield, Wesleys, and the Awakening
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Mark A. Noll (born 1946), Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, is a progressive evangelical Christian scholar. In 2005, Noll was named by Time Magazine as one of the twenty-five most influential evangelicals in America. Noll is a prolific author and many of his books have earned considerable acclaim within the academic community. The Scandal of the Evangelical ...more
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