Theologia Cambrensis

Protestant Religion and Theology in Wales, Volume 1: From Reformation to Revival 1588-1760

Author(s) D. Densil Morgan

Language: English

Genre(s): Religion

  • April 2018 · 464 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781786832375
  • · Paperback - 9781786832382
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786832399
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786832405

About The Book

Winner of the 2021 France Jones Prize for Welsh History.

The first of a two-volume analysis of theology in Wales, this volume begins with the publication of Bishop William Morgan’s Bible in 1588 and concludes with the first phase of the Evangelical Revival in 1760. It assesses the development of Puritanism and of doctrine within the Church of England, Dissenting theology including Calvinism and Arminianism, the doctrinal vision of Griffith Jones Llanddowror, and the way in which an evangelistically vibrant moderate Calvinism contributed to the rise of the Methodist movement. As well as evaluating thought and ideas, it assesses the contribution of such vivid personalities as Morgan Llwyd, Charles Edwards, James and Jeremy Owen, Daniel Rowland and William Williams Pantycelyn.


‘The patterns of Welsh theology during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are almost unknown outside Wales. Here, at last, is a thorough study of these developments in both Church and Dissent. It is an authoritative tour de force.’

-Professor David Bebbington, University of Stirling

‘Informative and lucid, these essays provide a most valuable guide to the different ways in which Protestantism took root and developed in Wales after the Reformation. The author is a master at his craft – this collection is scholarly, readable and rich in historical and theological insight.’
-Professor David Fergusson, University of Edinburgh

‘Theologia Cambrensis is a unique work and an important achievement. It takes in the whole sweep of Welsh Protestant religion and theology – Anglican, Puritan, Nonconformist and Methodist – and provides an invaluable guide to works in Welsh, both original texts and translations, demonstrating how Wales was both a vector for transnational forces of reform, and a distinctive religious culture in its own right.’
-Professor John Coffey, University of Leicester


Introduction: The Bible in Welsh
Chapter 1 1588–1642
Chapter 2 1642–1660
Chapter 3 1660–1689
Chapter 4 1689–1760 (i)
Chapter 5 1689–1760 (ii)

About the Author(s)

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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