Iain H. Murray and the rise and fall of British evangelicalism

Type Chapter
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaking Evangelical History
Subtitle of host publicationFaith, Scholarship and the Evangelical Past
EditorsAndrew Atherstone, David Ceri Jones
Chapter9
Pages194-212
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781315581231
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Publication statusPublished - 08 Apr 2019

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NameRoutledge Studies in Evangelicalism
PublisherRoutledge
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Abstract

Through the Banner of Truth Trust, an organisation he founded in the 1950s to stimulate interest in Reformed theology, Iain H. Murray has done much to stimulate a consciousness of history amongst British and American evangelicals. Through a continuous stream of publications, including many biographies, Murray constructed a version of the history of English-speaking evangelicalism in terms of the faithfulness or otherwise of various individuals to certain theological propositions. In his hands, church history has been used as a tool to warn against error and to champion Reformed theology and religious revival. He has been one of the chief contemporary exponents of a richly providentialist approach to history and one of the sternest critics of those evangelical historians who have chosen to relegate divine agency to the background in their historical work.