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Evangelicalism in the Church of England, c. 1790-c.1890.  A Miscellany, eds. Mark Smith and Stephen Taylor, 2004.

Between the end of the 18th century and the end of the 19th century, Evangelicalism came to exercise a profound influence over British religious and social life. The four texts published here provide different perspectives on the relationship between Evangelicalism and the Church. Hannah More’s correspondence during the Blagdon controversy illuminates the struggle of Evangelicals at the end of the 18th century. The charges of Bishops Ryder and Ryle in 1816 and 1881 respectively reveal the views of Evangelicals who had a forum for expressing their views from the pinnacle of the church establishment. The text of the undergraduate diary of Francis Chavasse (1865-8), written by a future bishop, offers fascinating insight into the mind of a young Evangelical, at Oxford, struggling with his conscience and calling.

Mark Smith is lecturer in the modern history of Christianity at King’s College London and Stephen Taylor is reader in 18th century history at the University of Reading.

  1. Hannah More and the Blagdon controversy 1799-1802, by Anne Stott.
  2. Henry Ryder: A charge delivered to the clergy of the diocese of Gloucester in the year 1816,  by Mark Smith.
  3. The undergraduate diary of Francis Chavasse 1865-1868, by Andrew Atherstone.
  4. J.C. Ryle: ‘First words’. An opening address delivered at the first Liverpool diocesan conference, 1881, by Martin Wellings.

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