The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume II: The Long Eighteenth Century c. 1689-c. 1828

ISBN : 9780198702245

Andrew Thompson
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156 x 234 mm
  • Includes contributions written by world-leading experts on the history of Protestant Dissent in the long eighteenth century
  • Examines the religious histories of Britain, the British Empire, and the United States
  • Considers the central constituent elements of dissenting culture and offers insights into how Protestant Dissent moved from being a minority religious position at the start of this period to one with serious numerical, intellectual, and political influence by the end
  • Explores Dissenters' beliefs and attitudes, as well as how their faith affected their lives

The five-volume Oxford History of Dissenting Protestant Traditions series is governed by a motif of migration ('out-of-England'). It first traces organized church traditions that arose in England as Dissenters distanced themselves from a state church defined by diocesan episcopacy, the Book of Common Prayer, the Thirty-Nine Articles, and royal supremacy, but then follows those traditions as they spread beyond England -and also traces newer traditions that emerged downstream in other parts of the world from earlier forms of Dissent. Secondly, it does the same for the doctrines, church practices, stances toward state and society, attitudes toward Scripture, and characteristic patterns of organization that also originated in earlier English Dissent, but that have often defined a trajectory of influence independent ecclesiastical organizations.

The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume II charts the development of protestant Dissent between the passing of the Toleration Act (1689) and the repealing of the Test and Corporation Acts (1828). The long eighteenth century was a period in which Dissenters slowly moved from a position of being a persecuted minority to achieving a degree of acceptance and, eventually, full political rights. The first part of the volume considers the history of various dissenting traditions inside England. There are separate chapters devoted to Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists and Quakers—the denominations that traced their history before this period—and also to Methodists, who emerged as one of the denominations of 'New Dissent' during the eighteenth century. The second part explores that ways in which these traditions developed outside England. It considers the complexities of being a Dissenter in Wales and Ireland, where the state church was Episcopalian, as well as in Scotland, where it was Presbyterian. It also looks at the development of Dissent across the Atlantic, where the relationship between church and state was rather looser. Part three is devoted to revivalist movements and their impact, with a particular emphasis on the importance of missionary societies for spreading protestant Christianity from the late eighteenth century onwards. The fourth part looks at Dissenters' relationship to the British state and their involvement in the campaigns to abolish the slave trade. The final part discusses how Dissenters lived: the theology they developed and their attitudes towards scripture; the importance of both sermons and singing; their involvement in education and print culture and the ways in which they expressed their faith materially through their buildings.


List of Contributors
Series Introduction, Timothy Larsen and Mark A. Noll
Introduction, Andrew C. Thompson
Part I: Traditions within England
1: Presbyterians, Alasdair Raffe
2: Congregationalists, Stephen Orchard
3: Baptists, Karen E. Smith
4: Quakers, Richard C. Allen
5: Methodism and Dissent in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Richard P. Heitzenrater
Part II: Traditions outside England
6: Protestant Dissent in Ireland, Andrew R. Holmes
7: Protestant Dissent in Scotland, Stewart J. Brown
8: Protestant Dissent in Wales, Eryn White
9: Dissent in the American Colonies before the First Amendment, Catherine A. Brekus
10: Dissent in the Atlantic World, 1787-1830, Kate Carté Engel
Part III: Awakening
11: Revival, Michael McClymond
12: Missionary Societies, Brian Stanley
Part IV: Context
13: Toleration, Dissent, and the State in Britain, Andrew C. Thompson
14: Abolitionism and the Social Conscience, G.M. Ditchfield
Part V: Congregations and Living
15: Theology and the Bible, David M. Thompson
16: Sermons, Françoise Deconinck-Brossard
17: Dissenting Hymnody, J. R. Watson
18: Dissent and Education, Mark Burden
19: The Material Culture of Dissent, Carl Lounsbury
20: Dissenting Print Culture, Tessa Whitehouse


Edited by Andrew Thompson, College Lecturer in History, University of Cambridge
Andrew C. Thompson is an Official Fellow and Senior College Lecturer in History at Queens' College, Cambridge. His publications include Britain, Hanover, and the Protestant Interest (2006) and George II: King and Elector (2011) as well as a number of articles on eighteenth-century religion, politics, and diplomacy.

Andrew C. Thompson
Alasdair Raffe
Stephen Orchard
Karen E. Smith
Richard C. Allen
Richard P. Heitzenrater
Andrew R. Holmes
Stewart J. Brown
Eryn White
Catherine A. Brekus
Kate Carté Engel
Michael McClymond
Brian Stanley
Andrew C. Thompson
G.M. Ditchfield
David M. Thompson
Françoise Deconinck-Brossard
J. R. Watson
Mark Burden
Carl Lounsbury
Tessa Whitehouse