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Andrew Reed (1787–1862)

Ian J. Shaw

in High Calvinists in Action

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780199250776
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600739 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199250774.003.0010
 Andrew Reed (1787–1862)

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Andrew Reed was called to the New Road Independent Chapel in the East End of London in 1811. Moving from an early adherence to high Calvinism into evangelical Calvinism, his pastoral ministry saw great success. The church was rebuilt in 1831 on a nearby site as Wycliffe Chapel to accommodate the growing congregation. Reed was active in a range of political causes of concern to conscientious Dissenters, including that of education, but his most notable activity was in the realm of social concern: he helped found three orphanages, a home for mentally handicapped children, and the Royal Hospital for Incurables. He believed that humanitarian compassion should override sectarian divisions, an approach facilitated by his evangelical Calvinism.

Keywords: Wycliffe Chapel; East End; education; evangelical Calvinism; Independent; London; mentally handicapped; orphanages; Andrew Reed; Royal Hospital for Incurables; social concern

Chapter.  18503 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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