A "who's who" of the early evangelical movement
"It is hard to think of other works in English of similar scope, treating any other 'slice' of Protestantism.
"One of the great virtues of this work is its ability to shed light on the historic continuity of the movement. From the early American preaching tours of the Wesleys and Whitefield and onward through countless other examples, a full understanding of the genesis and growth of evangelicalism requires the sort of trans-Atlantic perspective which is evident throughout.
"The Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, 1730-1860 will undoubtedly point the way to further scholarly inquiry, bringing back from oblivion scores of earlier evangelicals who are worthy of further study. In this it will also have an effect on the large quest for historical and theological identity within evangelicalism.
"For all students of church history and historical theology there are at least two reasons why the Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, 1730-1860 will prove a great asset. First, its working definition of 'evangelical' happens to embrace many if not most of Christianity's leading figures from the English-speaking world... along with a fascinating array of lesser lights. Second, methodologically the patience and perseverance, the breadth of scholarly expertise, the ambitious quality which characterizes the volume make it an admirable achievement, which will serve libraries well for years to come." - ATLANTIS Reference Reviews
"An impressive number of leading scholars were involved in the preparation of this volume. Since evangelicalism was one of the first movements that attempted to attain global influence, this project was the result of international scholarly cooperation.
"The value of this volume rests with the identification of a broad range of individuals who either shaped or were shaped by evangelical religion." - Canadian Historical Review
Includes an index of subjects arranged by country and denomination.
- Features 3,570 biographies of evangelical figures from every continent in the English-speaking world
- Describes evangelicals from a broad array of denominational backgrounds, including Adventist, Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Catholic, Church of Scotland, Congregational, Episcopal, Free, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Moravian, Presbyterian, Quaker, Reformed, Wesleyan, and more.
- Contains writings and research by 344 historians worldwide.
- Covers minor evangelical figures found in no other twentieth-century work.
- Provides sources for further study of individuals associated with the evangelical movement of 1730-1860.
About Donald M. Lewis:
Donald M. Lewis is a specialist in the history of evangelicalism in Victorian Britain. He serves as Professor of Church History and Dean of Faculty at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada.