evangelist (Ĭvăn´jəlĬst) [Gr.,=Gospel], title given to saints Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the authors of the four Gospels. The four evangelists are often symbolized respectively by a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle, on the basis of Rev. 4.6–10. In modern times the term is applied to Protestant clergy and religious leaders who preach personal conversion, especially those who travel extensively to do so. The greatest effort of evangelism was undoubtedly the Great Awakening. Methodism is essentially evangelical in its origins; John Wesley and George Whitefield were the great Methodist evangelists. George Fox, founder of the Quakers (see Friends, Religious Society of), was also an evangelist. Dwight Moody was a prominent 19th-century American evangelist. Billy Graham is a notable modern example. See also camp meeting; revival, religious.

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Evangelicalism: Selected full-text books and articles

Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace
Shayne Lee; Phillip Luke Sinitiere.
New York University Press, 2009
Popular Religion in America: The Evangelical Voice
Erling Jorstad.
Greenwood Press, 1993
Amazing Grace: Evangelicalism in Australia, Britain, Canada, and the United States
George A. Rawlyk; Mark A. Noll.
McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994
Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s
D. W. Bebbington.
Routledge, 1993
Fundamentalism and Evangelicals
Harriet A. Harris.
Clarendon Press, 1998
Who Were the Evangelicals?: Conservative and Liberal Identity in the Unitarian Controversy in Boston, 1804-1833
Cayton, Marie Kuplec.
Journal of Social History, Vol. 31, No. 1, Fall 1997
Evangelicals and Science in Historical Perspective
David N. Livingstone; D. G. Hart; Mark A. Noll.
Oxford University Press, 1999
The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America
Philip Goff.
Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 35 "Evangelicalism"
God's Man for the Gilded Age: D.L. Moody and the Rise of Modern Mass Evangelism
Bruce J. Evensen.
Oxford University Press, 2003
Standing against the Whirlwind: Evangelical Episcopalians in Nineteenth-Century America
Diana Hochstedt Butler.
Oxford University Press, 1995
Domestic Biography: The Legacy of Evangelicalism in Four Nineteenth-Century Families
Christopher Tolley.
Oxford University, 1997
The Age of Atonement: The Influence of Evangelicalism on Social and Economic Thought, 1785-1865
Boyd Hilton.
Clarendon Press, 1991
Fathers of the Victorians: The Age of Wilberforce
Ford K. Brown.
University Press, 1961
Televangelism: The Marketing of Popular Religion
Razelle Frankl.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1987
The Political Mobilization of Religious Beliefs
Ted G. Jelen.
Praeger Publishers, 1991
The Evangelicals: A Historical, Thematic, and Biographical Guide
Robert H. Krapohl; Charles H. Lippy.
Greenwood, 1999
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