The Disruption of Evangelicalism

The Age of Torrey, Mott, McPherson and Hammond

History of Evangelicalism Series


by Geoffrey R. Treloar

The Disruption of Evangelicalism
  • Length: 335 pages
  • Published: March 2017
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2584-4
  • Item Code: 2584
  • Case Quantity: 16

The Disruption of Evangelicalism is the first comprehensive account of the evangelical tradition across the English-speaking world from the end of the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. It offers fresh perspectives on conversionism and the life of faith, biblical and theological perspectives, social engagement, and mission. Tracing these trajectories through a period of great turbulence in world history, we see the deepening of an evangelical diversity. And as events unfold, we notice the spectrum of evangelicalism fragments in varied and often competing strands.

Dividing the era into two phases—before 1914 and after 1918—draws out the impact of the Great War of 1914–18 as evangelicals renegotiated their identity in the modern world. By accenting his account with the careers of selected key figures, Geoffrey Treloar illustrates the very different responses of evangelicals to the demands of a critical and transitional period. The Disruption of Evangelicalism sets out a case that deserves the attention of both professional and arm-chair historians.

"Geoffrey Treloar reconstructs evangelicalism's 'things fall apart' moment of the early twentieth century with learned grace. Most historians have treated the period as one of polarization within the movement, but Treloar deploys a spectrum framework that highlights the period's complexities and makes better sense of its tensions. His choice of Reuben Torrey, John R. Mott, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Thomas Chatterton Hammond as the period's emblematic figures is a particularly inspired move that will help both general readers and specialists to see evangelicalism with fresh eyes and deeper understanding."

Michael S. Hamilton, professor and chair, department of history, Seattle Pacific University



Part I: Fin de siècle (ca.1900–1914)
1. The evangelical world ca. 1900
2. Revival, revivalism and missions
3. Life of faith
4. Theological narrowing and broadening
5. A social gospel?

Part II: Evangelicals at war (1914–1918)
6. "Marching as to war"
7. Faith under fire
8. The war within

Part III: Evangelicalism at the cross roads (1919–ca. 1940)
9. Modernism, liberal evangelicalism and fundamentalism
10. Remembering the Reformation
11. Evangelism and missions in the modern world
12. A great reversal?

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Geoffrey R. Treloar (PhD, University of Sydney) is director of learning and teaching at the Australian College of Theology and visiting fellow in history in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales. He is the author or editor of numerous books, most notably Lightfoot the Historian.

BY Geoffrey R. Treloar

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