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Grayson Carter

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270089

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270089.001.0001

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Evangelicals and the Established Church

Evangelicals and the Established Church

(p.7) 1 Evangelicals and the Established Church
Anglican Evangelicals

Grayson Carter

Oxford University Press

The chief origins of the Evangelical Revival are to be found in the Church of England. A sizeable proportion of the growing band of ‘Gospel clergymen’ still stayed within the Church into which they were ordained. These came to be known as Evangelical clergymen, a title that taxonomically distinguished them from the ‘Methodism’ of the more irregular evangelical bodies. In historical categorization, ‘Evangelical’ has come to be equated with this large body of Christians who subscribed to a theology and spirituality characterized by the general evangelical attributes of conversionism, activism, biblicism, and crucicentrism, but who practised their piety within the State Church. If Evangelicalism produced few students of ecclesiology to compare with those of the Oxford Movement, nevertheless Evangelicals, as aggressive and innovative evangelists, were forced constantly to come to terms with ecelesiological issues in ways seldom faced by the ordinary incumbent who took the existing ecclesiastical order and status quo for granted. Central to Evangelical ecclesiology was the idea of the ‘Church of Christ’.

Keywords:   Evangelical Revival, Church of England, Evangelicals, clergymen, theology, spirituality, conversionism, activism, ecclesiology, Church of Christ

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