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The Evangelicals at Oxford 1735-1871 Hardcover – 1 Jan 1953

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Basil Blackwell; 1st edn edition (1 Jan. 1953)
  • ASIN: B000WA1O3U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This is a useful book if what you want is a collection of evangelical biographies from the period 1735-1871. As well as the main narrative of evangelical activity in Oxford university (and some of the town churches) there are lengthy listings of evangelical students (not all of whom became clergy) and dons, and in an appendix a collection of biographical data on the most important figures. Of course the material, published in the 1950s, is dated compared with more recent research, but it remains usable.

Attention is given to Oxford evangelicals' involvement in the main missionary societies (from about 1800 onwards) and to the innovative character of some of their work in parishes: evangelical clergy were to the fore in nurturing vocations and spiritual growth by inviting young men into their homes for fellowship and running parish missions, as well as by the more traditional methods of preaching and catechizing in church. (The mention of 'young men' is a reminder that, as would be expected, the mention of women in this book is confined to a few wives and sisters, and the daughters of evangelical leaders who published their fathers' lives.)

The author argues against the view common in his era, that evangelicalism was largely absent from Oxford University (except for the special case of St Edmund Hall, which was governed by notable evangelical vice-principals) after the departure of the Wesleys and then the expulsion of a group of evangelical students in 1768. He holds that in some ways Oxford was as important as Cambridge (where Charles Simeon [1759-1836] dominated evangelicalism for much of this period) for the development of evangelicalism, and certainly Oxford graduates were prominent in missions and among evangelicals who became bishops.
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