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Ward, W. R.
Early Evangelicalism. A Global Intellectual History, 1670–1789.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2006. VI, 220 S. gr.8º. Geb. £ 48,00. ISBN 978-0-521-86404-6.
Mark A. Noll
For more than a quarter of a century, W. R. Ward (emeritus professor of history at the University of Durham) has contended that reforming Protestantism of the 17th and 18th centuries should be treated as one integrated history taking in all of Europe (and the American colonies).
W.’s perspective is illustrated by how he positions the Inspirationist movement whose followers eventually established the communal Amana Colonies in Eastern Iowa in the United States. The founders of the Inspirationist movement were Eberhard Gruber and Johann Friedrich Rock from the Wetterau region in Hesse. In the early 18th century these earnest reformers absorbed teachings from French prophets and German mystical pietists that decisively shaped their own inspired utterances (or Weissagen), which in ...
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