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Description - High Calvinists in Action by Ian J. Shaw

This valuable contribution to the debate about the relation of religion to the modern city fills an important gap in the historiography of early nineteenth-century religious life. Although there is some evidence that strict doctrine led to a more restricted response to urban problems, extensive local and personal variations mean that simple generalizations should be avoided. Ian J.Shaw argues against earlier prejudiced views and shows that high Calvinists played a vigorous and successful part in the response of early nineteenth-century churches to the process of urbanization. The study includes six substantial case studies of ministers and their churches in Manchester and London. Four high Calvinist ministers are considered, with two studies of ministers holding to an evangelical Calvinist doctrine also included to provide instructive contrasts. Detailed social analysis of the congregations is based upon extensive use of manuscript and printed sources, sermons, and local and denominational press.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199250776
ISBN-10: 0199250774
Format: Hardback
(224mm x 145mm x 28mm)
Pages: 428
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ian J. Shaw

Ian J. Shaw is Lecturer in Church History at International Christian College, Glasgow