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Revival and Revivalism

Ian Murray
  • Marrying careful historical research to popular and relevant presentation, Revival and 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 centered and its methods too close to the manipulative to require a supernatural explanation. Iain Murray argues that an inability to recognize this distinction has led many to ignore the new and different teaching on evangelism and revival which began to be popularized 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 and Revivalism will do much to aid this rediscovery. Powerfully presented, it contains a message of major importance for contemporary Christians.

  • Author: Ian Murray
    Hardcover: 480 pages

    Publisher: Banner of Truth; First Edition edition (July 1, 1994)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 0851516602

    ISBN-13: 978-0851516608

    Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches

    Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

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  • Illustrations

    1. Samuel Davies and the Meaning of 'Revival'
    2. Princeton and the First Fruits of 'A Glorious Plan'
    3. Glory in Virginia
    4. When Theology Took Fire
    5. The Age of the Second Great Awakening
    6. Kentucky: 1800
    7. The Emergence of Revivalism
    8. Five Leaders in the Northeast
    9. 'New Measures' and Old Revivals?
    10. Origins of a Great Division
    11. 'The Illusions of a New Era'
    12. The Baptists in Transition
    13. James Waddel Alexander and the New York Awakening of 1857-58
    14. Old and New, Past and Future



    1. Revivalism in Britain
    2. Revivals in the South

    Title Index
    General Index

About the Author

Iain H. Murray, born of Scots parents, was educated in the Isle of Man before serving with the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in the Emergency in Malaya.
After study at Durham University, he entered the Christian ministry, serving as assistant to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel, and subsequently as minister of Grove Chapel, London, and St Giles, Sydney.
From 1955 to 1987 he edited the Banner of Truth magazine, and in 1957 became co-founder of the Trust with which he remains closely connected.