TH5608 - Contemporary Evangelicalism


Contemporary Evangelicalism


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
190 hours of generated study time. 190 hours

200 hours of which 10 hours of recorded lectures/course material and 190 hours of generated study time. Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

  • Introducing Evangelicalism (identity, definition). 
  • Historical survey, especially in Western Europe and North America.
  • Studies of groups within evangelicalism - denominations, free churches, house churches. Charismatic and non-charismatic approaches. Differences in approaches.
  • Contemporary issues and challenges for the evangelical movement (examples include human sexuality and marriage, capitalism and social justice, the prosperity gospel, and theological matters such as the new perspective on Paul and penal substitutionary atonement).
  • Evangelical and non-Evangelical approaches to Christianity in Western Europe and North America.
  • Considerations of philosophical, social, cultural, hermeneutical, ethical, and political aspects of evangelical theology and practice.
  • Future prospects and possible paths for evangelicalism.

  • To provide a suitable teaching to enable learning of the diverse nature of contemporary Evangelicalism.
  • To appreciate the role of selected notable individuals, groups, and denominations in the development and evolution of Evangelicalism. To engage students with appropriate analysis of historical and current developments in the field of Evangelicalism
  • To help students develop the habit of thoroughly understanding and interpreting scholarship and developing independent, reasoned and thoughtful conclusions.

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

  1. Demonstrate a strong understanding of the complexities and unique aspects of Evangelicalism as it relates to other fields of Theology and Church history today.
  2. Show an in-depth knowledge and understanding of multiple challenges facing contemporary evangelicalism demonstrating acquaintance with important scholarly literature
  3. Demonstrate a capacity to discuss and analyse varying viewpoints using academically appropriate techniques and study methods.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
14000 word assignment100%1-3Coursework

Reassessment: as assessment

Bauder, K. T., Naselli, A. D., & Hansen, C. (2011). Four views on the spectrum of evangelicalism. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan.

Bruce, S. (1990). The rise and fall of the new Christian Right : conservative Protestant politics in America1978-1988. Oxford: Clarendon.

Bebbington, D. W. (1995). Evangelicalism in modern Britain : a history from the 1730s to the 1980s. London: Routledge.

Bebbington, D. W. (2005). The dominance of evangelicalism : the age of Spurgeon and Moody. Leicester:InterVarsity Press.

Collins, K. J. (2005). The evangelical moment : the promise of an American religion. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.

Larsen, T., et al., Bebbington, D. W., & Noll, M. A. (2003). Biographical dictionary of evangelicals. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press.

Hutchinson, M., & Wolffe, J. (2012). A short history of global evangelicalism. Cambridge (GB : Cambridge University Press.

Noll, M. A. (2000). Turning points: Decisive moments in the history of Christianity. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books.

Noll, M. A., Bebbington, D. W., & Rawlyk, G. A. (1994). Evangelicalism : comparative studies of popularProtestantism in North America, the British Isles, and beyond 1700-1990. New York ; Oxford: Oxford UniversityPress.

Tidball, D. J. (1994). Who are the evangelicals? Tracing the roots of the modern movements. London: MarshallPickering.

Warner, R. (2007). Reinventing English evangelicalism, 1966-2001 : a theological and sociological study.Milton Keynes: Paternoster.

David Williams and Daniel Kayley


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