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High Calvinists in ActionCalvinism and the City - Manchester and London, c. 1810-1860$
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Ian J. Shaw

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250776

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250774.001.0001

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James Wells (1803–1872)

James Wells (1803–1872)

(p.240) 8 James Wells (1803–1872)
High Calvinists in Action

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The Strict Baptist James Wells ministered in Southwark, South London, an area of acute poverty and social need. When the Surrey Tabernacle was rebuilt as the New Surrey Tabernacle in Walworth, Wells attracted congregations that numbered over 1,500 primarily through preaching an experiential high Calvinism. There were also active social concern projects, and although Wells was not politically active, his political theology was that of a tolerant Dissenter. Whilst there were many elements of continuity with the work of high Calvinists in Manchester, the wider context of London masked the acuteness of some local needs, and did not provoke the intensity of response found in William Gadsby's ministry.

Keywords:   high Calvinism, London, political theology, poverty, social concern, Southwark, Strict Baptist, Surrey Tabernacle, James Wells

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