What Happened to Keswick?

houghton_grg_pull.gifRepublished from The Faith Pulpit (March 2002). First posted at SI in 2009.

(Related audio: 2007 interview with Robert Delnay).

Years ago a few Fundamentalists had occasion to identify with the Keswick movement, also known as the “deeper life,” or “victorious life.” Others have slurred the movement in somewhat the same way that New Evangelicals have slurred the Scofield Reference Bible. The point is worth some notice.

While the movement traces back to the perfectionist movements that in the 1860’s produced Holiness, it went in a somewhat different direction. Credit seems to go to William Boardman, who in the 1860’s was preaching a higher life, and to Pearsall Smith and his wife Hannah Whitehall Smith. Smith held meetings in England in the early 1870’s, making considerable impact. Then in the summer of 1875, Smith badly smudged his reputation and left the ministry. Thereupon Canon T. D. Harfoed-Battersby, vicar of St. John’s church in Keswick, up in the Lake District, not far from the Scottish border, announced a week of meetings in Keswick near his church. The meetings were to be a time for spiritual refreshing and earnest seeking after God, and they began a series which has continued to the present.

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Keswick sanctification theology profoundly influenced early fundamentalism and has continued to impact the movement up to the present time.

The Impact of Keswick Theology on Fundamentalism Comment: The beginning of a series on the positive impact of Keswick theology on Fundamentalism.

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Let Go and Let God? An Interview with Author Andy Naselli

Dr. Andrew David Nasellli (a.k.a. Andy Naselli), has completed some excellent doctrinal and historical study in the area of sanctification. How do believers grow to be like their Lord? What should they expect the experience of growing in holiness to be like?

Much of conservative evangelical and fundamentalist thought on the subject today is heavily influenced by ideas that took shape and gained popularity in the 19th century Keswick conferences. Andy’s BJU PhD thesis work focused on these Keswick ideas and their shortcomings. Subsequent articles and lecture series have refined them. The result is soon to be available in electronic form from Logos.

I interviewed Andy about the book and the Keswick way of thinking. The interview consists of two files. The first focuses on the history of Keswick and its influences on leaders such as C.I. Scofield and Lewis Sperry Chafer.

The second file focuses on the problems in Keswick and Keswick-like views of sanctification.

(Andy blogs at Thoughts on Theology which appears in our Blogroll)

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Robert Delnay—The SharperIron Interview | Part 3—Keswick View of Sanctification

delnay.jpgI had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Robert Delnay for SI. Dr. Delnay has taught at many fundamental colleges and seminaries during his life. He currently teaches at Clearwater Christian College. I did three interviews with him—the first two about his life and work and about the Northern Baptist Convention.

In this third interview, I asked him about the Keswick view of sanctification.

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Listen to the interview (31:11 min., 12.49 MB).

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