#154: Deep Conversation w/ David Bebbington | The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody, Pt. 1

We welcome British historian David Bebbington to the show! David Bebbington is one of the world’s leading historians in the English-speaking world on the history of evangelicalism.

He is a professor of History at the University of Stirling in Scotland and a distinguished visiting professor of history at Baylor University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Historical Society. He is also a fan of quadrilaterals, American beef, and cars with rear-window windshield wipers 🙂

In this first part of our conversation, David takes us on a journey through the evangelical movement and how it was shaped by two of its greatest and most prestigious figures: Dwight Lyman Moody and Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He shows us how these two men shaped a great deal of evangelicalism as we know it today. He also discusses how cultural forces such as the Enlightenment and the Romantic period shaped our faith (and are still shaping it today), some of the characteristics that identify evangelicals, and the famous quadrilateral that bears his name.

One of our most wonderful and geekiest of conversations, this conversation is informative, insightful, and fun. David acts as a trusted guide helping us see and understand what evangelicalism is, how we can trace its development, and how it is shaping us today.

Get his biography written by his wife, Eileen Bebbington.

Check out his Wikipedia bio.

Get his book on Moody & Spurgeon.

Check out some of his other books.

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