The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield and the Wesleys, By Mark A. Noll

The Rise of Evangelicalism

The Age of Edwards, Whitefield and the Wesleys

History of Evangelicalism Series


by Mark A. Noll

The Rise of Evangelicalism
  • Length: 330 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: May 22, 2018
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2575
  • ISBN: 9780830825752

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Winner of a Christianity Today Book Award

The word evangelical is widely used and widely misunderstood.

  • Where did evangelicals come from?
  • What motivated them?
  • How did their influence become so widespread throughout the world during the eighteenth century?

In this inaugural book in a series that charts the course of English-speaking evangelicalism over the last 300 years, Mark Noll offers a multinational narrative of the origin, development and rapid diffusion of evangelical movements in their first two generations. Theology, hymnody, gender, warfare, politics and science are all taken into consideration. But the focus is on the landmark individuals, events and organizations that shaped the story of the beginnings of this vibrant Christian movement.

The revivals in Britain and North America in the mid-eighteenth century proved to be foundational in the development of the movement, its ethos, beliefs and subsequent direction. In these revivals, the core commitments of evangelicals were formed that continue to this day. In this volume you will find the fascinating story of their formation, their strengths and their weaknesses, but always their dynamism.


Abbreviations and Short Titles
1. Landscapes: Political, Ecclesiastical, Spiritual
2. Antecedents, Stirrings
3. Revival, 1734-1738
4. Revival, Fragmentation, Consolidation, 1738-1745
5. Explanations
6. Development, 1745-1770
7. Diversification, 1770-1795
8. In the World
9. True Religion
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Mark A. Noll

Mark A. Noll is emeritus professor of history at Wheaton College and the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of many books, including America's Book, Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind, Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Africa and Asia, The New Shape of World Christianity, The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield and the Wesleys, The Civil War as a Theological Crisis, Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity, and The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind.