Wednesday, 1 January 2014
A New Encyclopaedia of Nonconformity
Just before Christmas a copy of the much anticipated T&T Clark Companion to Nonconformity appeared in my pigeon hole. Its a fantastically rich and comprehensive book, covering the histories and theologies of the various nonconformist religious bodies in Britain from the Reformation to the present day.
The volume has two parts; two-thirds of it consist of twenty-three thematic chapters on subjects such as Nonconformity and the Bible, the person of Christ, the Holy Spirit, preaching and liturgy, education, culture, architecture, mission and the Labour Movement and much else besides. The final third consists of an invaluable ABC to Nonconformity.
I've contributed a chapter to book on 'Nonconformists and Home Mission', focussing in some detail on the role that religious revivals played in the expansion of the main nonconformist bodies, and also fifteen separate entries to the ABC on such themes and individuals as Evangelicalism, Methodism, the Moravians, Howel Harris, George Whitefield and Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
The only drawback to the volume - an eye-watering price-tag of £100!