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David Bebbington is Professor of History at the University of Stirling and is the author of Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s. Nick Tucker interviewed him when he recently came to preach at Oak Hill. David says...

Evangelicalism circa 1960 was essentially on the defensive against a high churchmanship: Anglo-Catholicism in the Church of England, the Roman Catholicism case more broadly, and this was true of free churches as well as the Church of England. Evangelicalism was constantly engaging in an apologetic against high churchmanship: why trusting in the sacraments to save was inadequate, and concern with liturgical questions. It was Protestant, that was its big cause.

In the 21st century, the enemy it has perceived has changed. A great deal in common has now been found with high churchmen, not least on moral issues. The big threat now seems to come from the secular, the humanist, what in the 19th century would have been called the freethinking. And that I think has dictated a whole range of changes.
   
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