evangelism

   In the nineteenth century, evangelicals and Methodists were one and the same group, derived from the low church Protestantism of John Wesley. Evangelism is a branch of the Church of England which emphasizes that each person’s salvation depends upon his or her own faith. The stress on belief and scripture eclipses that of ritual, good works or sacraments. The more recent outburst of evangelical activity in Britain was boosted by the visits of the American Billy Graham. There are now many charismatic leaders and small churches in the UK, and the more powerful appeal of evangelism alongside New Age religions is recognized as a considerable threat by the Church of England. Evangelism (spreading of the Gospel) has come to mean teaching the immutability of scripture, reflecting growth in religious conservatism worldwide. This view has made headway at the expense of all traditional UK Christian denominations. Evangelicals believe that changes in society will come about as the result of cumulative decisions on the part of individuals rather than by changes in social structures. However, for some, a closer scrutiny of social and economic agendas has evolved (for example, David Sheppard, the recently retired Bishop of Liverpool and a former conventional evangelical, now heads the Church of England’s Board of Social Respon-sibility).
   MIKE STORRY

Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture . . 2014.

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  • evangelism — e*van gel*ism ([ e]*v[a^]n j[e^]l*[i^]z m), n. The preaching or promulgation of the gospel. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • evangelism — 1620s, from EVANGEL (Cf. evangel) + ISM (Cf. ism), or else from M.L. evangelismus a spreading of the Gospel, from L.L. evangelium good news, gospel, from Gk. euangelion (see EVANGELIST (Cf. evangelist)). In reference to evangelical Protestantism …   Etymology dictionary

  • evangelism — [n] preaching ministration, sermonizing, spreading the word, teaching; concept 361 …   New thesaurus

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  • evangelism — evangelist ► NOUN 1) a person who seeks to convert others to the Christian faith. 2) the writer of one of the four Gospels. 3) a passionate advocate of something. DERIVATIVES evangelism noun evangelistic adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • evangelism — noun Date: circa 1626 1. the winning or revival of personal commitments to Christ 2. militant or crusading zeal • evangelistic adjective • evangelistically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • evangelism — /i van jeuh liz euhm/, n. 1. the preaching or promulgation of the gospel; the work of an evangelist. 2. evangelicalism. 3. missionary zeal, purpose, or activity. [1620 30; EVANGEL2 + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • evangelism — noun Sharing news of something in order to convince someone to join or otherwise accept it. The process of evangelizing …   Wiktionary

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