Friday, October 19, 2007

Book Review—Evangelicalism Divided

Andrew David Naselli @ reviewed: Murray, Iain H. Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950-2000. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2000. Hardcover, 324 pages. $23.00.

ISBNs: 0851517838 / 9780851517834

Iain Hamish Murray (b. 1931) has authored over two dozen books on historical theology from a Reformed perspective. His mentor was David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, whom Murray assisted at Westminster Chapel from 1956 to 1959 and about whom Murray wrote a stirring two-volume biography (vol. 1, vol. 2). In 1957, Murray co-founded the Banner of Truth Trust, which has published his many writings and for which he serves as Editorial Director.

Murray’s Evangelicalism Divided traces the new strategy by prominent American and British evangelicals such as Harold Ockenga, Edward Carnell, Billy Graham, John Stott, and J.I. Packer from about 1950 to 2000. He concludes that their strategy failed to fulfill what it promised but instead compromised the gospel itself. What follows summarizes the eleven chapters:

1. “Setting the Scene” (pp. 1-23)

2. “Billy Graham: Catalyst for Change” (pp. 24-50)

3. “High Aims, Wrong Priorities” (pp. 51-78)

4. “The New Anglican Evangelicalism Versus the Old” (pp. 79-111)

5. “How the Evangelical Dyke Was Broken in England” (pp. 112-48)

6. “Retrospect: A Different Approach” (pp. 149-72)

7. “‘Intellectual Respectability’ and Scripture” (pp. 173-214)

8. “Rome and New Division” (pp. 215-49)

9. “The Silent Participant” (pp. 250-71)

10. “‘Church’ and the Unresolved Problem” (pp. 272-93)

11. “From the Quarries to the Temple” (pp. 294-318)

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