Was Jansenism a revival with genealogical connection to the eighteenth-century Evangelical Revival? In discussing this seventeenth-century Catholic movement based primarily in France, Thomas Palmer makes some suggestions that indicate an affirmative answer, although this is, naturally, not directly addressed in his monograph. The contents of the book, however, are likely to encourage scholars of early evangelicalism and Methodism to consider this an intriguing question worth reflecting on.

What was Jansenism? As Palmer admits, it is difficult to define (e.g. 7, 131). This definitional challenge, along with most of the movement's literature being in French and Latin, are key reasons why it is relatively little known and underappreciated in English-language works on Christian history and theology. Positively, Jansenists developed a tradition of moral and pastoral rigorism present, for example, in the late medieval Devotio Moderna (modern devotion). The spiritual basis of this was the Christian's dedication to pure love of God,...

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