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Why were Early Evangelicals so Indebted to the Puritans?

Join esteemed evangelical historian David Bebbington as he unravels the historical significance and enduring impact of the Puritan movement on the development of evangelicalism. In this thought-provoking video, Bebbington highlights the crucial connections between early evangelicals and the Puritans. Drawing upon his vast knowledge of both movements, he explores the theological, spiritual, and social influences that have linked these two dynamic strands of Christianity.

Throughout the video, Bebbington examines the profound resonance between the Puritan emphasis on personal piety, biblical authority, and the experience of conversion and the core beliefs of early evangelicals. He traces the historical thread connecting these movements, highlighting how the Puritans’ devotion to scripture and their passion for revivalism laid the groundwork for the later evangelical fervor.

David Bebbington

David Bebbington is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Stirling in Scotland. An undergraduate and postgraduate at Jesus College, Cambridge (1968-73), he subsequently became a research fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (1973-76). From 1976 he taught at the University of Stirling, where from 1999 to 2019 he was Professor of History. He now serves as Director of the Evangelical Studies Program at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His publications include Evangelicalism in Modern Britain (1989), The Mind of Gladstone: Religion, Homer and Politics (2004); Patterns in History: A Christian Perspective on Historical Thought (4th ed., 2018), Baptists through the Centuries: A History of a Global People (2nd edn, 2018) and The Evangelical Quadrilateral (2 vols, 2021).

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