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2000 Years of Christ's Power - Volume 5: The Age of Enlightenment and Awakening [18th Century]
Needham, Nick

2000 Years of Christ's Power - Volume 5: The Age of Enlightenment and Awakening [18th Century]

ISBN: 9781527109735
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  • Much anticipated 5th volume in Needham's 2000 Years of Christ's Power series
  • Story of Church in 18th Century
  • Engaging storytelling

Thoroughly researched with beautifully linked arguments, biographies, context and discussions, Needham provides a riveting text: balancing fact and understanding in the wisdom of experience. The book offers a wealth of knowledge for pastors, missionaries, students and professors as they pursue their own education into the response of Christians during the 18th century towards these shifts in the tides of the affairs of men.

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2000 Years of Christ's Power is a series of volumes covering the history of the church, written by Nick Needham, who teaches Church History at the Highland Theological College. This series was born out of the author's deep conviction that today's Christians can benefit enormously from learning what God has done in the past. Academically reliable, but written with an easy, even humorous style which makes it accessible to anybody with an interest, this work falls into a category all of its own.

Chapter 1:The Enlightenment
   1 The scientific revolution and its effects
   2 Enlightenment religion
   3 The philosopher of the Enlightenment: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
   4 The Enlightenment and Scripture
   5 The Enlightenment, history, and faith
   6 The Enlightenment and politics: the French Revolution
   7 A final paradox: machines and music
Chapter 2: The Evangelical Revival in England and Wales
   Introduction: 'Evangelical' - what's in a word?
   1 The Background of the Evangelical Revival in England
   2 The Beginnings of the Evangelical Revival in England
   3 Revival disrupted: the Calvinist-Arminian controversy
   4 Evangelical Calvinism in England
   5 English Evangelical Arminianism
   6 The Evangelical Revival and English Dissent
   7 The Evangelical Revival and the birth of English hymnody
   8 The Evangelical Revival in Wales
   9 Persecution of Methodists
   10 Consequences of the Evangelical Revival in England and Wales
Chapter 3: Scotland in the Era of the Evangelical Revival
   1 The Background of the Evangelical Revival in Scotland
   2 The Evangelical Revival
   3 The Second Secession
   4 The Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745
   5 The Highlands become Protestant and Presbyterian
   6 Scottish 'common sense' philosophy
Chapter 4: The Great Awakening in America
   1 Religious background of the Awakening
   2 The Great Awakening 3 Results of the Great Awakening
   4 A word about slavery
Chapter 5: Germany and the Lutheran Faith
   1 Background
   2 The Moravian movement
   3 Lutheranism's Enlightenment genius: the life and work of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716)
   4 Lutheran Bible commentator: the life and work of Johann Albrecht Bengel (1687-1752)
   5 Chill Winds and Radical Response: Michaelis and Hamann
   6 Lutheranism in the New World
Chapter 6: Roman Catholicism in the Eighteenth Century
   1 The pre-Revolutionary Church: Outstanding figures, achievements, and events
   2 The Catholic Church and the French Revolution
Chapter 7: The Eastern Orthodox world
   1 Russian Orthodoxy: The school of Prokopovich
   2 Tikhon of Zadonsk: Russian pietism
   3 The Great Philokalia: Macarios of Corinth and Nicodemos the Hagiorite
   4 Paisius Velichkovsky
   5 Cosmas the Aetolian
   6 Missionary expansion
   Primary Historical Sources


Nick Needham is a Church History lecturer at Highland Theological College in Dingwall. Previous to this, he taught Systematic Theology at the Scottish Baptist College in Glasgow. From 2004 to 2021, he was the minister of Inverness Reformed Baptist church. He is author of the highly collectable 2,000 Years of Christ's Power series.


As he assesses the European Enlightenment, evangelical revivals … and developments within Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy from his consistently Reformed perspective, Needham provides illuminating reading for those who share that perspective, but perhaps even more for those who do not.
--Mark A. Noll, Author of America's Book: The Rise and Decline of a Bible Civilization, 1794-1911

These volumes should be compulsory reading, first for pastors and elders called to teach and defend the faith, but also for Christians in general who desire to deepen their knowledge of the Saviour's power throughout the church's history.
--Ian Hamilton, President, Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Newcastle, UK

… helpfully delineates the variegated state of professing Christendom in this crucial era with magisterial vim and verve. Highly recommended!
--Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

As always, Needham remains attentive to the big picture, yet he also manages to maintain a grasp of the lesser known details throughout. Especially notable is Needham's inclusion of the Eastern and Russian Orthodox Church. Highly recommended.
--Jonathan Master, President, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, South Carolina

Additional Information:

Cover: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 663
Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
Publication Date: 2023