TH7602 - History, Thought and Expressions of Global Evangelicalism


History, Thought and Expressions of Global 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 total study time: Approximately 10 hours of recorded material; remainder 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 noted as required in student courseware 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.

A) Introduction and History

Introducing Evangelicalism

Defining/nature of Evangelicalism (e.g. David Bebbington's quadrilateral)

History of Evangelicalism

Evangelicals and Missions

B) Evangelical Thought

Defining theological beliefs of Evangelicalism

Current theological debates (e.g. penal substitution, universalism, nature of hell, nature and authority of Scripture, ecumenical cooperation, open theism, Israel)

Evangelicals and political engagement

C) Global Expressions

i) Doctrinal Expressions/Traditions

     Reformed Evangelicalism

     Conservative Anglicanism


     Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements


     Liberal Evangelicalism, Neo-Evangelicals

     Evangelical organisations and people


ii) Geographical Expressions

     Western Evangelicalism

     Latin American Pentecostalism

     African Pentecostalism

     Asian Evangelicalism

•    To offer in-depth and focused teaching of advanced scholarship at the forefront of the discipline.
•    To provide an intellectually challenging presentation of the diverse nature of Evangelicalism throughout the contemporary world and in history.
•    To enable students to develop advanced skills in study and research as well as original and independent thought in engagement with primary and secondary sources
•    To critically analyse and evaluate the major factors - whether philosophical, social, cultural, hermeneutical, ethical, theological, political or otherwise - that have shaped global Evangelicalism in historic and current expression.

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. A critical and systematic understanding of historical and current approaches to the emergence and evolution of Evangelicalism, particularly with respect to contemporary academic debate
  2. A systematic knowledge of the historical origins of theological, denominational or ecclesiastical differences between Evangelicals.
  3. An in-depth understanding of the complexities and unique aspects of Evangelicalism as it relates to other fields of Theology.
  4. An ability to describe and discuss with confidence and originality current academic debates or issues in Evangelicalism.
  5. A capacity to identify, synthesise and analyse evidence of different types, showing an awareness of the distinctive features of viewpoint or evidence and the problems these raise.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
15000 word Essay100%1-5Coursework

As assessment

Atherstone, Andrew and Maiden, John, eds. (2014). Evangelicalism and the Church of England in the Twentieth Century: Reform, Resistance and Renewal. Martlesham, Suffolk: Boydell Press.

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

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

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

Freston, P. (2008). Evangelical Christianity and democracy in Latin America. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Freston, P. (2001). Evangelicals and politics in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kidd, T. S. (2009). American Christians and Islam : evangelical culture and Muslims from the colonial period to the age of terrorism. Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock: Princeton University Press.

Noll, Mark (2010). The rise of Evangelicalism: The age of Edwards, Whitfield and the Wesleys. Downers Grove: IVP Academic.

Ranger, T. O. (2008). Evangelical Christianity and democracy in Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Tidal, Derek (1994). Who are the Evangelicals? Tracing the roots of the modern movements. London: Marshall Pickering.

David Williams and Calvin Smith


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