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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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Salvation at Sea

Salvation at Sea

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(p.228) 35 Salvation at Sea
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Early Evangelicalism
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John Newton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.003.0036

This chapter presents excerpts from John Newton's An Authentic Narrative of Some Remarkable and Interesting Particulars in the Life of ******** (1764). Best known for his hymn “Amazing Grace,” Newton made other significant contributions to evangelicalism. In the Authentic Narrative, Newton confessed his blasphemous language and implicit immorality as a seaman in the mid-1740s. During one evening in March 1748, while aboard a ship called the Greyhound that traveled to Brazil and Newfoundland on its way to England, Newton was awakened by a storm that battered the ship. This event led him to pray for the first time in years for his survival, bringing him to a renewed sense of piety. That fateful evening is when Newton dated his conversion.

Keywords:   evangelicalism, John Newton, Amazing Grace, Greyhound, storm, piety, conversion

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