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Description - The Rise of the Laity in Evangelical Protestantism by Deryck Lovegrove

The rise to prominence of an active laity is one of the most remarkable yet least-discussed aspects of the modern Church. Despite post-Reformation Protestantism's insistence on each person's direct interior access to God, such has been the preoccupation with clerical leadership that only one or two episodes of lay participation are widely known. The Rise of the Laity in Evangelical Protestantism is the first comprehensive investigation into the involvement of ordinary Christian men and women in Church activities and in anti-clerical dissent. Exploring a phenomenon stretching from Britain and Germany to the Americas and beyond, it considers how evangelicalism, as an anti-establishmentarian and profoundly individualistic movement, has allowed the traditionally powerless to become enterprising, vocal and influential in the religious arena and in other areas of politics and culture. With themes ranging from the early furore over lay preaching to seventeenth-century American women's roles in religious leadership, from the difficult path of the overseas missionary to the probable future of evangelical Christianity, The Rise of the Laity in Evangelical Protestantism forms an unrivalled examination of the modern Church as an inspirational and liberating force in the lives of its many believers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415271929
ISBN-10: 0415271924
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 23-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Deryck Lovegrove

Deryck Lovegrove lectures in church history at St Mary's College, University of St. Andrews, and has written extensively on themes including the church and war, the role of the church in industrialisation, and Scottish evangelicalism. He is the author is Established Church, Sectarian People, Itinerancy and the Transformation of English Dissent, 1780-1830 (CUP, 1988).