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Title: John R.W. Stott and English evangelicalism, 1938-84
Author: Chapman, A. C. S.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2004
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Abstract:
The central aim of this thesis is to provide a better historical understanding of English evangelicalism through a study of the thought and career of John R.W. Stott. Stott is widely seen as having been one of the most influential Anglican clergymen in England during the second half of the twentieth century. This was a period when British conservative evangelical churches proved resilient while overall churchgoing was on the decline, and Stott’s position as a prominent figure in this evangelical success makes his life a useful lens through which to study it. The thesis seeks to understand the contours of Stott’s story, and that of postwar evangelical history more broadly, in the context of wider changes in British society during these years. It makes significant contributions in four areas. First, the study illumines some of the major social changes of the postwar period. It examines how Stott sought to exploit the climate of deference characteristic of the decade after the Second World War, and how he responded once the establishment came under increasing attack in the 1960s. The impact on British national identity of the declining salience of Protestantism is also a theme. Together, these analyses serve as a valuable window onto the English cultural landscape during this period. Second, the thesis provides a model for a better understanding of the ongoing social significance of religion in British society. The chapter on Stott’s social thought focuses on how Stott understood social concern as furthering his overall agenda, a focus which explains the shape of his thinking and action in this area and which leads to a more fruitful analysis of its importance. Third, the thesis contributes to the study of evangelicalism. The chapters on Stott’s attempts to rally and lead evangelicals in the Church of England conclude by arguing that there are intrinsic instabilities in both Anglican evangelicalism and evangelical leadership. Fourth, in its final chapter on Stott’s international ministry this study provides a framework for understanding the international relations of conservative Protestant Christianity in the 1970s and 1980s.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.597473  DOI: Not available
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