This chapter traces the early life of Dwight L. Moody, the rise of evangelical realism, and his role in developing modern evangelicalism through ideas of Christian work. He was born in 1837, the sixth child of Betsey and Edwin Moody in Northfield, Massachusetts. Raised outside traditional Protestantism and without formal religious education, Moody would eventually use business ideas and techniques not only to spread the message of God's love for individuals but also to transform that message. By the time Moody began his revival ministry in the 1870s, he had developed a set of interlocking assumptions about the nature of an authentic faith, a believer's relationship to God, and a modern approach to interpreting the Bible.
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