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Church in the Long Eighteenth Century

The I.B.Tauris History of the Christian Church

Church in the Long Eighteenth Century
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David Hempton’s new history of the vibrant period from mid-seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century engages with a truly globalstory: that of Christianity not only in Europe and North America, but also in Latin America, Africa, Russia and Eastern Europe, India, China, and South-East Asia. Multi-denominational and international in scope, his book brings to vivid life the religiosity of women and children as well as men,and embraces broad themes in intellectual and social history. Examining eighteenth-century religious thought in its sophisticated national and social contexts, the author relates the narrative of the Church to the rise of religious enthusiasm pioneered by Pietists, Methodists, Evangelicals and Revivalists,and by important leaders like August Hermann Francke, Jonathan Edwards and John Wesley. Acentral emphasis of the volume falls on attempts by the Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch and British seaborne powers to export imperial conquest, commerce and Christianity to all parts of the planet. This leads to discussion of the rise and significance of Catholic and Protestant missions, including those of the Jesuits, Moravians and Methodists. Particular attention is given to Christianity’s impact on the African slave populations of the Caribbean Islands and the American colonies, which created one of the most enduring religious cultures in the modern world. Contrasting the slow emergence of toleration and pluralism in Britain with more dramatic revolutionary patterns in America and France, where new notions of religious equality quickly took root, Hempton analyzes the complex and sometimes contradictory eighteenth-century relationship between churches and states. Throughout the volume, changes in Christian belief and practice are related to wider social trends, including secularization, rapid demographic and urban growth, the early stages of industrialization, the spread ofliteracy, and the changing social construction of gender, families and identities.
I.B.Tauris; September 2011
265 pages; ISBN 9780857720160
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