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Timothy Gloege

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621012

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621012.001.0001

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The Crisis of Evangelical Realism

The Crisis of Evangelical Realism

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(p.90) Four The Crisis of Evangelical Realism
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Timothy E. W. Gloege

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621012.003.0004

This chapter traces the developing crisis of evangelical realism in the 1890s caused by radical evangelicals, the scandal at the Moody Bible Institute involving the faith healer John Alexander Dowie, and new strategies of interpreting the Bible developed to counter that challenge. Moody's pragmatic orientation had facilitated a theologically diverse network of Christian workers in the 1890s, but the diversity of Christian workers allowed for a diversity of how “Christian work” was expressed. New, sometimes disruptive ideas emerged regarding what the “plainly” interpreted Bible taught, what a personal relationship to God required, and what fruits an active faith might produce. Moody's death would mark the end of respectable evangelicalism's hermeneutical innocence, when a “plain” meaning of the Bible could be embraced, at least ostensibly, without concern of negative externalities.

Keywords:   John Alexander Dowie, Moody Bible Institute, scandal, evangelical realism, Christian work, radical evangelicals

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