Hindmarsh, D. Bruce
Hindmarsh, D. Bruce
Married; wife's name Carolyn; children: Bethany, Matthew, Sam. Education: Briercrest Bible College, B.R.E.; Regent College, M.C.S.; Oxford University, D.Phil., and two years postdoctoral studies. Religion: Anglican.
Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, James M. Houston Chair of Spiritual Theology, professor, 2001—; has also taught at Briercrest Biblical Seminary.
Mayers Research fellowship, 2005; Henry Luce III Theological fellowship, 2006- 07.
The Evangelical Conversion Narrative: Spiritual Autobiography in Early Modern England, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2005.
Contributor to periodicals.
D. Bruce Hindmarsh has written extensively on the early period of evangelical enlightenment, particularly on John Wesley and Jonathan Edwards. His first book, John Newton and the English Evangelical Tradition: Between the Conversions of Wesley and Wilberforce, examines the lives and work of some of the more notable players in the early evangelical revival period. Hindmarsh focuses on John Newton's early life and his work Authentic Narrative, which was an important book for evangelists of that period. M.F. Snape remarked in the English Historical Review that the author "provides a clear and informative picture of an important though lesser known figure of the evangelical revival, a biography which is particularly useful in its depiction and analyses of the complex and often troubled milieu which was early English evangelicalism." Writing for Baptist History and Heritage, Jerry L. Summers commented: "The book has been carefully produced and printed. Its good organization and rich bibliography make it useful as a research and teaching tool, and the descriptions of Newton's devotional habits and ministry suggest a worthy model."
With The Evangelical Conversion Narrative: Spiritual Autobiography in Early Modern England, Hindmarsh addresses the autobiographical form as it related to the evangelical revival, particularly as a means of chronicling conversion stories or evidence for salvation. Henry D. Rack, writing in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, called Hindmarsh's effort "an exemplary analysis of a central feature of early evangelical history." Christian Century critic Mark A. Noll believed the book to be "deeply researched and beautifully written."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
American Historical Review, October, 2006, Phyllis Mack, review of The Evangelical Conversion Narrative: Spiritual Autobiography in Early Modern England, pp. 1248-1249.
Baptist History and Heritage, summer, 1999, Jerry L. Summers, review of John Newton and the English Evangelical Tradition: Between the Conversions of Wesley and Wilberforce, p. 96.
Canadian Journal of History, August, 1997, Frederick Dreyer, review of John Newton and the English Evangelical Tradition, p. 256.
Christian Century, October 18, 2005, Mark A. Noll, review of The Evangelical Conversion Narrative, p. 23.
Commonweal, August 17, 2001, Lawrence S. Cunningham, review of John Newton and the English Evangelical Tradition, p. 30.
English Historical Review, November, 1998, M.F. Snape, review of John Newton and the English Evangelical Tradition, p. 1323.
Journal of Ecclesiastical History, July, 2006, Henry D. Rack, review of The Evangelical Conversion Narrative, p. 619.
Regent College Web site, http://www.regent-college.edu/ (November 28, 2006), faculty profile of D. Bruce Hindmarsh.
[Sketch reviewed by secretary, Shelley Simpson.]