Baptists and Revivals

Papers from the Seventh International Conference on Baptist Studies

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Editor(s): 
William L. Pitts, Jr.
  • Macon, GA: 
    Mercer University Press
    , August
     2018.
     444 pages.
     $35.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780881466836.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Melody Maxwell forthcoming.

Description

Revivals are an integral part of Baptist life. Just as Baptists share key convictions regarding believer's baptism, congregational governance, and religious freedom, they have also widely adopted common practices. Revivals have contributed immensely to the vitality and growth of Baptists worldwide. This volume is a contribution to the theme of Baptist revivals. It explores the central role played by revivalism for Baptist life in the U.S. and Canada, Britain and Continental Europe, and the Majority world. For 250 years, beginning with the Great Awakening in the mid-eighteenth century, and in almost every place they have established churches, Baptists have embraced the practice of revivalism. The book offers twenty-five studies of Baptists and their revivals. The authors describe individual revivals and evaluate related issues of gender, race, emotion, and charisma. The chapters push well beyond textbook summaries, which usually notice the Great Awakening and the Second Great Awakening but often do not find space to include other revivals such as the Laymen's Revival (1857), the Welsh Revival (1904-05), and revivals associated with World War I and World War II. All of these revivals influenced the Baptist story, and all of them are addressed in these pages. Focusing on Baptists at the local grassroots level, many of these studies analyze in some depth seasons of revival followed by seasons of arid spirituality. The authors explore the dynamics of these movements, searching for possible explanations for this religious phenomenon.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

William L. Pitts, Jr. is Professor of Religion at Baylor University where he teaches the History of Christianity. He has served as executive secretary of the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies and as president of The Baptist History and Heritage Society. He currently edits the journal Baptist History and Heritage.

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