Modern Christian Revivals

Blumhofer, Edith L., and Randall Balmer, eds. Modern Christian Revivals. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1993.

Modern Christian Revivals presents historical and religious studies of significant evangelical and Protestant revivals—including their backgrounds, religious and social perspectives and significant characteristics—which occurred in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia over the past three hundred years. Twelve essays by as many scholars outline the different religious, social and cultural reasons why these movements—vibrant, emotional and often frenzied—impacted the lives of countless individuals during the periods in which they took place. Writers examine revivalism’s roots in pietism (Randall Balmer); revivalism and Enlightenment values in 18th century England (David Bebbington); revivals in Puritan New England (Gerald Moran); revivalism and socio-religious construction in the antebellum South (John Boles); cultural comparisons of revivals in the United States and Great Britain during the time of the Second Great Awakening (Richard Carwardine); revivalism’s meaning in Norway in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (Frederick Hale); the Keswick movement; (David Bundy); revivals and early American Pentecostalism (Edith Blumhofer); early to mid 20th century revivals in China (Daniel Bays), and late 20th century revivalism in Latin America (Everett Wilson) and North America (David Edwin Harrell, Jr.); and Canadian religious revivals (George Rawlyk). The editors note that all but one of the essays grew out of a conference called, “Modern Christian Revivals: A Comparative Perspective,” sponsored by the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, Wheaton College, March 30 – April 1, 1989.