Early Evangelicalism: A Global Intellectual History, by W. R. Ward

By W. R. Ward

Evangelicalism contributed to the nice transformation of rules within the sleek international. This 2006 booklet represents a pioneering examine of discussions in the evangelical routine from crucial Europe to the yankee colonies approximately what constituted evangelical id and of the foundation of the fraternity between evangelical leaders of strikingly diversified backgrounds. via a world research of the most important figures and hobbies within the early evangelical global, W. R. Ward goals to teach that down during the eighteenth century the evangelical elite had coherent solutions to the final highbrow difficulties in their day and that piety in addition to the enlightenment was once an important motor of highbrow switch. notwithstanding, because the century wore at the evangelicals misplaced the facility to country a extensive highbrow atmosphere for his or her case, and after they entered on their interval of maximum social effect within the 19th century their former team spirit disintegrated into acute partisan wrangling.

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Analysing practices from a normative perspective requires a kind of practical hermeneutics, in which one inquires into the what, where and when, who, how and why of the practices concerned (Schilderman 2004). Hence a normative perspective in interpreting the intra-religious, interreligious and secular problems pertaining to liturgical quality requires answers to a series of interpretive questions. What are the qualities of liturgy and how are they deÀned? What are the historical and socio-cultural properties of these qualities?

Being a theological discipline, liturgical studies is often referred to as a normative science, to be studied in terms of the interaction of values and actions, ideal and reality. As a practical discipline liturgical studies can clarify this normative interaction in terms of ‘practised qualities’. A normative perspective presupposes an ethical view, or at least the application of ethical criteria. A point we want to make at the outset is that a normative perspective by no means implies a speculative view.

The concomitant paradigmatic and theoretical approaches further complicate matters. Phenomenological, speculative, hermeneutic, descriptive, explorative, comparative or explanatory aims of data analysis can be pursued to test theoretically different claims. In theology the debate on aims often centres on a distinction between descriptive and normative research. Should theologians be detached researchers and limit themselves to veriÀable facts that they obtain from a study of their sources? Or should they be engaged believers, even committed church members in their research activities?

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