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By Anne-Louise Critchlow,Graham Johnson

William Kelly (1821-1906) was once even more than a Brethren theologian who used to be a pace-setter of the reasonable particular Brethren stream, and likewise even more than an indiscriminate follower of John Nelson Darby (1800-1882). He was once extremely popular not just in the Brethren but in addition through Christian leaders of alternative denominations. during this e-book Dr. Critchlow examines Kelly's full of life and scholarly appraisal of the German "School of upper feedback" and his remark on more than a few works of up to date Anglican and non-conformist theologians. She argues that Kelly's exegesis was once meticulous and scholarly and validated his realizing of the total canon of Scripture. regardless of his ecclesiology, his theology was once nuanced and can't simply be stereotyped. As an expositor of the arguable subject matters, "the Atonement" and "the After-Life," he will be defined as a Biblical literalist, yet in his realizing of Biblical language and literary style and philosophy, he could be obvious as a conservative highbrow. whereas belonging to the evangelical institution of suggestion, his theology indicates itself to be even more advanced than lots of his evangelical contemporaries and provides him hyperlinks with later Christian traditions. via his deep spirituality, Kelly can motivate the reader's personal religious aspirations.

"This first-class research is the 1st to take a whole view of William Kelly's theology. Anne-Louise Critchlow deftly exhibits how Kelly engaged with, in addition to disputed, a few of the mainstream theological advancements of his time. She succeeds brilliantly in finding Kelly in the highbrow milieu of his age, and in doing so presents a way more nuanced and complicated photo of either Kelly and the Christian Brethren stream which he helped to guide for the sort of lengthy time."  
--Jeremy Gregory, Professor of the background of Christianity, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, school of Arts, The collage of Nottingham

"The price of William Kelly's commentaries, particularly these at the New testomony, have lengthy been prized within the Plymouth Brethren. during this pioneering research of Kelly's theology and hermeneutic, Dr. Critchlow demonstrates his position in old theology as a Victorian conservative evangelical highbrow, but in addition succeeds admirably in displaying that Kelly's Trinitarian, Christocentric, affective mysticism is a source for modern worldwide evangelicalism."
--Neil Dickson, Editor, Brethren historic Review

"[Against the Trend] is a sympathetic but scholarly learn filling a niche within the historiography of the Brethren and creating a major contribution to, and knowing of, the complexities of Brethren thought."
--Graham Johnson, taken from the foreword; Archivist, Manchester collage Library

Anne-Louise Critchlow has been a instructor of English Literature and a whole time Christian neighborhood employee in France, North Africa, and Manchester, England, the place she now lives and works. She has researched into the poetry of W. B. Yeats and the historical past of the Algerian church, and her paintings on William Kelly led her to obtain a doctorate at Manchester collage, England. She is married with 4 grownup children.

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