Y cyfieithiad Saesneg cyntaf o astudiaeth gynhwysfawr o hanes enwad yr Annibynwyr yng Nghymru, 1630-1962, gan ysgolhaig hanes pennaf y maes, ynghyd â sylwadau treiddgar y golygydd ar ddirywiad crefyddol yng Nghymru rhwng 1960 a 2000. Cyhoeddwyd gyntaf yn Gymraeg yn 1966.
The first English translation of a comprehensive study of the history of Congregationalism in Wales, 1630-1962, by the most prominent historian scholar in the field, together with the editor's own piercing comments on religious decline in Wales between 1960 and 2000. First published in Welsh in 1966.
Bangor History of Religion Series
Congregationalism in Wales
R. Tudur Jones
Edited by Robert Pope
pp xvii376 216x138mm July 2004 hardback
R. Tudur Joness academic contribution to the study of religion and religious thought in modern Wales has been described by some as the most significant of the twentieth century.
The history of dissent in Wales is a thrilling one. Although the Welsh Independents or Congregationalists were part of a British movement, they also have their own history which includes its own prominent figures, hotheads, heroes and martyrs. R. Tudur Jones shows how Waless religious history is intertwined with the emergence of national identity. He examines religious and social history, events, characters and thought over the four centuries during which Congregationalism has existed and links the story of Congregationalism with the history of Wales and the strengthening of its literary traditions and its national identity. Robert Popes closing chapter charts the history of Congregationalism within the broader picture of Nonconformist decline and immense political and social change in Wales between the years of 1963 and 2003.
The book has value as a chronicle of a history of a specific expression of Christianity in Wales and also of the way in which this was associated with the emergence of a distinct political consciousness among the Welsh.
R. Tudur Jones (1921-98) was the most prolific and important of all the church historians produced in Wales during the twentieth century. Though ordained an Independent (Congregational) minister, he spent most of his life as professor of Church History and then principal of the Bala-Bangor Theological College in Bangor. He was the author of numerous scholarly books and articles. His major study of Congregationalism in Wales was first published in Welsh in 1966. It appears here in English for the first time.
Robert Pope is Lecturer in Contemporary and Applied Theology, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Wales, Bangor.
General editors Foreword
List of Abbreviations
1. The Background
2. First Signs of Growth, 1630-1660
3. Gathering the Saints, 1650-1662
4. Keeping the Faith, 1660-1689
5. Continuing to Meet, 1660-1689
6. The Old Dissenters, 1689-1760
7. A Long Summers Day, 1689-1760
8. Fever Heat, 1735-1815
9. Giving Form to the Revival, 1815-1850
10. Religion and the People, 1815-1850
11. A Nonconformist Civilization, 1850-1914
12. Leading a Nation, 1850-1914
13. Crosswinds, 1914-1962
14. Expectations, 1914-1962
15. Survival, 1963-2003