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Revival & Revivalism
Murray, Iain H.

Revival & Revivalism

ISBN: 9780851516608
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Marrying careful historical research to popular and relevant presntation, Revival & Revivalism traces the spiritually epoch-making events of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through the eyes of those who lived at their centre.

Fundamental to the book's thesis is a rejection of the frequent identification of 'revival' with 'revivalism'. The author demonstrates that a common understanding of the New Testament idea of revival was prevalent in most denominations throughout the period 1750-1858. Revivalism, on the other hand, is different both in its origin and in its tendencies. Its ethos is man-centred and its methods too close to the manipulative to require a supernatural explanation.

Iain Murray argues that an inability to recognise this distinction has led many to ignore the new and different teaching on evangelism and revival which began to be popularised in the 1820s. While the case against that teaching was argued almost universally by the leaders of the Second Great Awakening, their testimony was submerged beneath propaganda which promised a 'new era' if only the churches would abandon the older ways.

Today, when that propaganda is largely discredited, there is a great need to rediscover the earlier understanding of revival possessed by those who most intimately experienced it. Revival & Revivalism will do much to aid this rediscovery. Powerfully presented, it contains a message of major importance for contemporary Christians.


In Revival & Revivalism Iain H. Murray has produced yet another historical study of outstanding quality. Against the rich background of narrative of God-given revivals in North America, he traces the landmark changes in both understanding and practice which took place between the middle 18th and 19th centuries, culminating in the widespread influence of Charles Grandison Finney. This is not merely a record of the church's past. Rather, those who read it will soon realise that it provides a key to understanding contemporary evangelicalism and its deep needs. It may not be too much to claim that this volume is essential reading for Christians who desire true revival in the churches of our own day.  ---Dr. Sinclair Ferguson

Additional Information:

Cover: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 455
Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust
Publication Date: 2002