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Evangelicalism and National Identity in Ulster, 1921-1998

Patrick Mitchel


Examines the interaction between nationalism and evangelical Protestantism, the most influential and historically significant sector of Christianity in Ulster. Different evangelical responses to the declining fate of Ulster unionism are explored and compared during the period from Partition in 1921 and the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. While taking into account how religious belief can ‘fall into the abyss of idolatry’ by spiritually legitimating a nationalist agenda, the author eschews a reductionist or purely historical approach to religion. Rather, after exploring the nature and content of na ... More

Keywords: evangelicalism, fundamentalism, good Friday Agreement, national identity, nationalism, northern Ireland, orangeism, paisley, presbyterian Church in Ireland, ulster unionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256150
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199256152.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Mitchel, author
Lecturer in Theology at the Irish Bible Institute