Theologia Cambrensis

Protestant Religion and Theology in Wales, Volume 2: The Long Nineteenth Century, 1760-1900

Author(s): D. Densil Morgan

Language: English

Genre(s): Religion

  • September 2021 · 416pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Paperback - 9781786838063
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786838087
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786838070

About The Book

As well as outlining the shape of Welsh religious history generally, this volume describes the development of Calvinistic Methodist thought up to and beyond the secession from the Established Church in 1811, and the way in which the Evangelical Revival impacted the Older Dissent to create a vibrant popular Nonconformity. Along with analysing aspects of theology and doctrine, the narrative assesses the contribution of such key personalities as William Williams Pantycelyn, Thomas Charles of Bala andThomas Jones of Denbigh, and the Nonconformists Titus Lewis, Joseph Harris ‘Gomer’, George Lewis, David Rees and Gwilym Hiraethog. Following the notorious ‘Treachery of the Blue Books’ of 1847 and the Religious Census of 1851, Anglicanism regained ground, and among the themes treated in the latter chapters are the influence of High Church Tractarianism and the Broad Church ‘Lampeter Theology’ in the parishes. The volume concludes by assessing the intellectual culture of evangelicalism personified by Lewis Edwards and Thomas Charles Edwards, and describes the challenges of Darwinism, philosophical Idealism and a more critical attitude to the biblical text.


‘Theologia Cambrensis is not only the definitive account of theology in Wales, it is a major contribution to the entire field of modern historical theology. Anyone who wishes to write a study of theology in Scotland, England or America should not only consult it but use it as a model.’
-Professor Timothy Larsen, Wheaton College

‘This second volume of Theologia Cambrensis completes Densil Morgan’s magisterial study of Protestant religion and theology in Wales. It brilliantly opens up a world which can now be appreciated by those unable to access the Welsh sources, and it will become indispensable.’
-Professor Frances Knight, University of Nottingham


Chapter 1 1760–1790
Chapter 2 1790–1820 (i)
Chapter 3 1790–1820 (ii)
Chapter 4 1820–1859 (i)
Chapter 5 1820–1859 (ii)
Chapter 6 1860–1890
Chapter 7 1890–1900
Theology in Wales: A Conclusion

About the Author(s)

D. Densil Morgan

D. Densil Morgan is Emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter.

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