Evangelical Publishing

  • Jonathan Barry
Part of the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic book series (PHSWM)


This chapter explores what the Perks story meant for evangelical laymen and clerics between c.1740 and 1800. They include two famous Georgian clergymen (Philip Doddridge and John Wesley) and a leading abolitionist (Granville Sharp), but also lesser figures (Robert Cruttenden, Edmund Jones) who helped to spread evangelical ideas and practices. The story could demonstrate the dangerous reality of the spirit world to the unconverted (and help in training their young preachers to do so), but also bolster the convictions of evangelicals themselves. We follow the many strands of churchmanship which flowed into evangelicalism, from the old dissent to Anglican clerical dynasties and their alliances (and quarrels) with Behmenist and other anti-materialist traditions.


evangelicalism John Wesley Philip Doddridge demonology evangelical publishing providentialism 


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  • Jonathan Barry
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  1. 1.University of ExeterUK

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