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All articles by David Young

David was, for many years, director of the Albanian Evangelical Mission

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June 2016
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Victorian Christianity’s flight from faith (4)

Continued from Victorian Christianity’s flight from faith (3) The first two articles in this series explored the erosion of evangelical theology during the nineteenth century. The first weakening influence came through literature. Romantic poets and novelists drip-fed their dislike of eternal punishment and substitutionary atonement into people’s sensibilities. Then came philosophy, with its dismissal…

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May 2016
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Victorian Christianity’s flight from faith (3)

Continued from Victorian Christianity’s flight from faith (2) The first two articles in this series surveyed the attack on evangelical faith during the first two-thirds or so of the nineteenth century, through novels, poetry, science and philosophy. ). These assaults arose largely from sentiment and an a priori presupposition that miracles and other divine…

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April 2016
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Victorian Christianity’s flight from faith (2)

Last month’s article surveyed the variety of attacks on evangelical faith during the second half of the nineteenth century. This article focuses on how literature, science and philosophy combined to undermine people’s confidence in traditional Christian belief (authors cited are referenced below). The spirit of the age was, to a significant degree, strengthened and…

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March 2016
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Victorian Christianity’s flight from faith (1)

Robust evangelical belief, whether Calvinist or Arminian, fell into rapid decay during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. It has been customary to fix the largest part of the blame for this on Charles Darwin (1809-1882) and his speculations. Although Darwin’s writings were a significant contributory factor, in reality, decline set in years before his…

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September 2014
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An English-language revival movement in North Wales, 1822–1850 (2)

Primitive Methodist magazine entries from 1830–1850 reveal a powerful revival movement in the Welsh borders at that time. For example, writing about the events of December 1849, the 1850 magazine cites John Waplington’s report on Talwrn Green: ‘On 30 December 1849, I conducted a lovefeast here; and while the assembly — before commencing a…

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August 2014
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An English-language revival movement in North Wales, 1822–1850 (1)

According to the Liverpool district synod handbook 1929, Primitive Methodism came from Burland to Chester, via Huxley, chiefly from 1819, and the movement soon extended to the borders of Wales. Here are some extracts from the Journal of John Ride, later known as ‘the apostle of Berkshire’: ‘Sunday 3 March, 1822, At 2 preached…

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April 2013
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Preaching and eternal judgement (2)

The doctrine of hell was once taken very seriously within Methodism. As already explained (March ET), ‘Eternal rewards and punishments’ appears in the Primitive Methodist minuted list of connexional doctrines. The traditional teaching of hell was strongly upheld by John and Charles Wesley during the eighteenth century. And later, in 1845, John Buckland was…

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