Ian J. Shaw

in High Calvinists in Action

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780199250776
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600739 | DOI:

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The preceding chapters demonstrate the need for a re‐examination of the image of the isolated, scholastic, proponent of high Calvinism, unable to engage with the world around. Although high Calvinism did not have a clearly formulated urban theology, it was a more widespread and complex phenomenon than has often been recognized: its attractiveness to the poor owed much to its experiential emphasis and also its active social concern. The Manchester context helped override reservations on the part of high Calvinists about practical activity to a greater degree than was the case in London. Amongst high Calvinists, there were significant nuances of approach to political theology, social concern, and the issue of Sunday schools, but all stood or fell by their preaching. Evangelical Calvinism allowed for greater latitude of co‐operative work in response to religious and social needs. With both groups of Calvinists, the overall pattern was frequently overridden by personal, urban contextual, denominational, and historical factors.

Keywords: evangelical Calvinism; high Calvinism; London; Manchester; political theology; preaching; social concern; Sunday schools

Chapter.  7646 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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