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The Seventeenth Century Reprised: Conversion The Seventeenth Century Reprised: Conversion Narrative and the Gathered Church

D. Bruce Hindmarsh

in The Evangelical Conversion Narrative

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199245758
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602436 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199245754.003.0010
The Seventeenth Century Reprised: Conversion The Seventeenth Century Reprised: Conversion Narrative and the Gathered Church

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Examines the narratives of evangelical Dissenters in the eighteenth century, whose experience looked back to the Commonwealth sects of the seventeenth century while still resembling in other respects the experience of evangelical conversion among their contemporaries in other churches. This is illustrated in the cases of Anne Dutton and John Ryland, Jun., who, being raised within the high Calvinist milieu of particular Baptist churches, experienced conversion as adolescents as part of their spiritual formation. Schooled in the ways of conversion from childhood, both Ryland and Dutton learned the grammar of conversion before ever they experienced it for themselves. Their conversion experiences therefore represented an act of affirmation, or a rite of passage, more than a protest against social custom or filial piety. Conversion narrative proved to be one of the most potent means of passing the piety of one generation on to another.

Keywords: adolescent; Anne Dutton; Baptist; conversion; Dissenter; High Calvinist or Calvinism; John Ryland

Chapter.  17069 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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