Revival & Revivalism
The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism: 1750 – 1858
Iain Murray has performed a real service to the people of God in this new book which traces the history of revival in America from the time of Samuel Davies in the mid-1700s to the New York Revival of 1858. He carefully presents the biblical and historical distinction between revival, in which God moves unexpectedly to pour new spiritual life into His people, and revivalism, in which men manipulate circumstances to produce a desired, but superficial, effect.
This history of revival in America focuses on events leading to the Second Great Awakening between 1800 and 1820 and the beginnings of defective revivalistic techniques during that era. Charles Finney appears as a spokesman for revivalism and Arminian perspectives, and the stage is set for the rapid demise of scripturally based church life in America.
Table of Contents
- Samuel Davies and the Meaning of Revival
- Princeton and the First Fruits of “A Glorious Plan”
- Glory in Virginia
- When Theology Took Fire
- The Age of the Second Great Awakening
- Kentucky 1800
- The Emergence of Revivalism
- Five Leaders in the Northeast
- “New Measures” and “Old Revivals”
- Origins of a Great Division
- The Illusion of a New Era
- The Baptist in Transition
- James Waddel Alexander and the New York Awakening of 1857-58
- Old and New, Past and Future
- Revivalism in Britain
- Revivals in the South
About the Author
Iain Hamish Murray was born in 1931 and continues to write biography to this day, having written already on the lives John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, Amy Carmichael, and many more. He has serve as a British pastor as well as writing numerous theological and biographical volumes. Dr. Murray was educated in the Isle of Man at King William’s College and at the University of Durham before entering ministry in 1955.
He served as an assistant pastor to Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel from 1956 to 1959, and subsequently at Grove Chapel in London, from 1961–1969). He moved to Australia in the 1980s and served at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, Sydney, Australia from 1981 to 1984). In 1957 he and Jack Cullum founded the Reformed publishing house, the Banner of Truth Trust, for which he remains a trustee.