Doreen Rosman Evangelicals and Culture

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Evangelicals and Culture

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Nineteenth-century evangelicals have often been dismissed as anti-intellectual and philistine. Drawing from periodicals, memoirs and letters, Evangelicals and Culture aims to demonstrate that this vision doesn't depict the reality of British evangelicals between 1790 and 1833. By examining evangelicals' leisure pursuits along with their enjoyment of art, music, literature and study, Rosman concludes that they shared the thought and taste of their contemporaries to a far greater extent than is usually acknowledged. Rosman reaches the conclusion that actually, evangelical theology encouraged such activities and that evangelicals regarded recreations which engaged the mind or which could be pursued within the safety of the home as more concordant with spirituality than "sensual" or "worldly" pleasures.

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Doreen Rosman taught history at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, from 1974 to 2001. She is the author of The Evolution of the English Churches 1500-2000 (2003).

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Seldom has the reissue of a scholarly work been so justified...the issues canvassed by the author are still very much alive.
(John A. Moses)

" Although in the intervening decades scholars have worked and published in different fields, this still offers an overview which is otherwise hard to find, and for anyone wanting a handle on how culture and religion related in the years before Victoria this is indispensable reading. " (Peter S. Forsaith Wesley and Methodist Studies, Vol. 4, 2012)

"... [Evangelicals and Culture] is to be commended on two grounds: as an excellent introduction to an important aspect of a movement in the life of the churches at a critical moment; and, at the same time, pointing up some of the surprising echoes to be found with our contemporary debates which can be given a fresh perspective in the light of history..." (Paul Ballard Theological book review, Vol. 24, No 2, 2012)

...Whilst the bibliography has been updated and there are stylistic adjustments, the content and argument of the second edition are unchanged from the original and thus continue to provide an invaluable insight into the Evangelical mind. It is to be hoped that this new edition of Roman's work will reach the wider public that its wisdom has always deserved... (John Briggs Baptist Quarterly, Volume 45, April 2013)

‘If one must understand the past to understand the present, then Evangelicals, and those interested in learning about Evangelicals, should read this text...[Rosman’s] discussion of early Evangelicals is instructive for contemporary Evangelicals to understand why they continue to struggle with the cultural question of what constitutes ‘worldliness’.’ (Stephen M. Vantassel Evangelical Quarterly, Vol. 86, No. 1, January 2014)

Readers will be impressed with the sharp observations and careful scholarship of Rosman...This is a thoughtful and well crafted book, which broadens our views of evangelicalism. (Martyn Percy Anvil, Vol 30, Issue 1, (March, 2014))

These examples illustrate the breadth of Evangelicalism’s engagement with culture. The greatest treasure here is a robust interaction with a variety of primary sources. ... the vivid portrayal of early nineteenth century Evangelicalism provides an enlightening perspective to anyone interested in Christian history.
(Thomas Breimaier Vol. 33, No. 1, Spring 2015)

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