Can you be good without God? It was in the 18th century that ethics
began to separate from religion. Moral philosophy was in many ways
looking for an Isaac Newton of the moral sciences, and there were many
who thought that human nature and its problems and opportunities could
be fully described on an empirical basis, rather than from the point of
view of divine revelation. On these matters, the early evangelicals were
more at odds with their culture. It seemed to them that God’s revealed
law was psychologically penetrating and ethically comprehensive. Its
diagnosis of the human condition was devastating, and one’s only hope
was to trust in a divine Saviour. They spoke therefore of the
“spirituality and extent of the law” as a doctrine to awaken men and
women to their true spiritual condition. This lecture will look at their
view of human nature against the Enlightenment background.
Bruce Hindmarsh took his D.Phil. degree in theology at Oxford
University in 1993. From 1995 to 1997 he was also a research fellow at
Christ Church, Oxford. He has since published and spoken widely to
international audiences on the history of early British evangelicalism.
The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism
True Religion in a Modern World
His articles have appeared in respected academic journals such as Church History, the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, and the Huntington Library Quarterly. He is the author of three major books: John Newton and the English Evangelical Tradition (Oxford University Press, 1996), The Evangelical Conversion Narrative (Oxford University Press, 2005), and The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism (Oxford
University Press, 2018). Bruce has been the recipient of numerous
teaching awards, research grants and fellowships. He has also been a
Mayers Research Fellow at the Huntington Library and a holder of the
Henry Luce III Theological Fellowship. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he is a past-president of the American Society of Church History.
He teaches the history of Christian spirituality, and speaks often to
lay audiences as well as preaching in his own church and elsewhere. A
former staff worker for Youth for Christ and founding director of Camp Cedarwood,
he is an active lay member of an Anglican Church. He is married to
Carolyn, and they have three children: Bethany, Matthew and Sam.
- Bruce Hindmarsh Lecture (free)
02/19/2019 03:30 PM
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