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The Call to Seriousness: The Evangelical Impact on the Victorians (utgåvan 2006)

av Ian Bradley

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The Call to Seriousness examines the nature and the extent of the impact which the Evangelicals made on English life in the first half of the 19th century. Two men dominated the Evangelical world during this period: William Wilberforce, who was the central figure in that celebrated group of Evangelicals, the Clapham Sect; and Anthony Ashley Cooper, the Seventh Earl of Shaftesbury, remembered mainly for championing the cause of factory workers. The author argues that the influence of the Evangelicals was, on the whole, a positive one. The Evangelicals alone did not make the Victorians what they were. They did, however, play a considerable part in helping to establish the peculiar temper of the age. Above all, Evangelicalism was responsible for giving the Victorians their famous seriousness and high-mindedness.… (mer)
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Titel:The Call to Seriousness: The Evangelical Impact on the Victorians
Författare:Ian Bradley
Info:Lion Hudson Plc (2006), Paperback, 224 pages
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This book is a great introduction to the rise of Evangelicals in the 19th century. Bradley does a great job breaking down the story into chapters, chronicling first the rise of the religious movement, its penetration into the lower and upper classes from the middle class, and its effect on Victorian life. Reading this book will definitely help contextualize many Victorian novels, especially the bleakness in _Jane Eyre_ and the overall tone of disgust from Charles Dickens. ( )
  Sareene | Oct 22, 2016 |
After a brief introduction in which he states his aim to ‘examine the nature and the extent of the impact which the evangelicals made on English life in the first half of the 19th century’ (p.12), Ian Bradley examines the rise of evangelicalism in England and its effect on subsequent generations.

The chapter headings are helpful in highlighting the areas under consideration. Evangelicals saw their supreme aim as being the conversion of the nation. Their efforts to reach the upper and middle classes were successful and, though not as successful among the lower classes, were nevertheless just as ardent. Their zeal extended to other countries where they not only sought to spread their beliefs but also to alleviate suffering. In particular, the author credits evangelicals with ending the British slave trade in 1807. Other chapters deal with the attempts of the evangelicals to infiltrate every aspect of life: family life, work life, philanthropic work, observance of the Sabbath, politics, etc. The case is well argued that evangelicals had an enormous and lasting effect on the nation.

The book is valuable in re-minding readers (especially those whose knowledge of history is, like mine, rather patchy) of the wonderful ways in which God blessed our nation in the past and how he used the efforts of individuals in his purposes. Readers must, however, bear in mind that the author is approaching the subject purely from a historical point of view. For example, when referring to the reasons for the great number of conversions, no reference is made to God. There are also references to evangelicals doing harm to the credibility of Christianity by their belief in the literal authority of the Bible. For these reasons, I would be cautious about recommending this book to young believers.
 
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The Call to Seriousness examines the nature and the extent of the impact which the Evangelicals made on English life in the first half of the 19th century. Two men dominated the Evangelical world during this period: William Wilberforce, who was the central figure in that celebrated group of Evangelicals, the Clapham Sect; and Anthony Ashley Cooper, the Seventh Earl of Shaftesbury, remembered mainly for championing the cause of factory workers. The author argues that the influence of the Evangelicals was, on the whole, a positive one. The Evangelicals alone did not make the Victorians what they were. They did, however, play a considerable part in helping to establish the peculiar temper of the age. Above all, Evangelicalism was responsible for giving the Victorians their famous seriousness and high-mindedness.

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