John Wesley and Evangelicalism in the 18th Century

The single most important figure in the history of Evangelicalism was John Wesley, the founder of the Methodists. Evangelicalism was a movement in Protestantism during the 18th century in the English-speaking world.  There was a similar movement in German-speaking Protestantism called “Pietism.”  This movement has had tremendous intellectual, social and political consequences.  Although it was[…]

Religion in 18th-Century America and the Emergence of Evangelicism

The Great Awakening swept the English-speaking world, as religious energy vibrated between the U.K. and the American colonies. Introduction Against a prevailing view that eighteenth-century Americans had not perpetuated the first settlers’ passionate commitment to their faith, scholars now identify a high level of religious energy in colonies after 1700. According to one expert, religion[…]